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Like all other great moral issues there is no permanent consensus as to whether genetic engineering is to our benefit or not Views from two diametrically opposed standpoints have been given and even in the same field the degree of opinions varies This leads one to wonder Is there no middle ground Science has made tremendous progress in the past century alone Yet the age-old conflict remains the struggle between science and ethics the tension between what can be and what should be the battle between what is possible and what is right Caught in the midst of the flurry of arguments we have to make a clear distinction between the black the white and the grey Like President Bill Clinton of the United States of America states Any discovery that touches upon human creation is not simply a matter of scientific inquiry It is a matter of morality and spirituality as well Being mere humans we encounter slippery ground all too often Thus there is an urgent need for us to tread cautiously We have to carefully sort through the jumble of right and wrong of good and evil we have to search for what our values are and where our ethics stem from Only then can we be sure of our convictions and our stand on the issue of genetic engineering Both sides have engaged in a fast and furious debate on the merits of genetic engineering After a detailed review I am inclined to go with the Wait and see attitude We cannot substitute human judgement for natural selection for we are fallible However we can perhaps assist Nature by hastening the process I am not in favour of destroying the environment in which we live nor am I particularly prone to the idea that scientists are exploring genetic engineering because they have a desire to play God Rather I stake my belief
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