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INTRODUCTION Genetic research has advanced in a dramatic fashion in the last decade or so to the point where it has now become possible to attempt therapeutic genetic modification in a few cases of human genes where a defects exists which manifests itself in certain serious disease This possibility known as gene therapy is only in its infancy At present no one knows how effective it will prove to be even in a few conditions on which it is being tried Whether it will only be of relatively limited application or it will open up many wider possibilities It suffers both over- optimistic claims from some quarters and exaggerated dangers from others over which the church needs to be discerning It is of course not possible to assert exactly where the possibilities opened by todays technology will lead in terms of future developments but various ethical and moral issues are implicit in the technology which it is important to draw to the churchs attention so that it is forearme d in an area where developments have been taking place as a bewildering place An editorial in the New Scientist drew attention to the need to weigh up what may still be the future issues today before the technological horse bolts from the stable and it is too late to lock the door POTENTIAL ETHICAL ISSUES The most basic underlying questions center on a Christian understanding if the human being Those are what does this tell us about our genetic and physical makeup What are therefore proper interventions into that genetic makeup What would be improper in terms of our human dignity Other issues the distinction between repairing genetic damage and any potential there might ever be to make genetic improvements Our duties in respect to the rights and the suffering of future generations and to what extent we could intervene in the genome on their behalf The dilemma that our human knowledge
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