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Ethical Concerns of Genetic Research Throughout the course of the last several centuries science and religion have been at odds with one another During the Enlightment era much conflict arose as to what constituted Earth- its shape size and position in relation to the sun In the 19th century the squabble over evolutionist theory versus that of creationism an argument that continues today ensued However in the last decade or so a new roadblock in the always-narrowing rift between scientific theory and theological theory has arisen the debate over genetic research Many conservative figures oppose certain types of genetic research feeling the fate of ones offspring should be left to the divine others contend that man should be able to do anything capable with technology Since 1978 100000 babies have been born via Assisted Reproductive Technology Clonaid In the early days IFV Invetro Fertilization was not accepted by many conservatives It was first viewed as the modern day return of the notoriously inhumane Nazi scientific experiments Masci 475 Today IFV is considered a socially acceptable method for infertile parents to have children In 1997 Dr Ian Wilmut successfully cloned the first sheep named Dolly This breakthrough has caused a black and white view of genetic research Masci 151 More recently the human Genome was decoded in the summer of 2000 This means that man now knows the genetic language commonly referred to as the language of God and can now literally read the book of human life Masci 212 Stem cells research has also recently been debated Stem cells are cultured from embryos and have been proven to cure paralysis and many more neurological disorders OHESCR All the above-mentioned scientific breakthroughs seem to be positive miracles that will only better humanity The truth of the matter is all these medical advancements are dependant of genetic research They broach upon the very origin of humanity This of course causes concerns split by deep interpersonal beliefs
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