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Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification


Since the majority of the contributors support some aspects of germline modification, those readers with a more conservative viewpoint might find some of the essays unsettling, particularly when their religious tradition is being utilized to support something as controversial as 'designing our children.'

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      Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human
      Germline Modification (Basic	Bioethics	Series)
      Ronald Cole-Turner, Editor. Cambridge, MA and London, England: The MIT Press,
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      Since the completion of mapping of the Human Genome Project, there has been a proliferation of
      books detailing the ethical quandaries that these new genetic technologies pose for us, including issues
      such as stem-cell research, cloning, and reproductive technologies. Some of these technologies push
      traditional boundaries, force us to think carefully both ethically and religiously in terms of what is or is
      not acceptable, and even challenge what it means to be human. Ronald Cole-Turner has written a couple
      of excellent books dealing with some of these issues from a religious perspective, and in this volume
      he continues to add significantly to the body of scholarly work on the subject. This book contains nine
      essays written specifically on the topic of germline modification from the perspective of the Christian
      and Jewish faiths, focusing as well on the Catholic tradition. A number of these scholars have published
      widely in the area of genetics and ethics already and are quite well-known, including James J. Walter,
      Lisa Sowle Cahill, and Celia Deane-Drummond.

      This book is well worth reading for anyone, especially scholars, interested in 
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