The Ethics Of Human Genetic Engineering Essay

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In “Playing God?” by John Evans, technology is dashing at an erratic speed, and nowhere more so than in the field of genetic engineering where the possibility of changing the genes of one’s children isn’t just myth; but quickly becoming a reality. John H. Evans is professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a visiting member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, a post-doctoral fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at Yale University and has held a Visiting Professorial Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. Evans primary area of expertise is the sociology of religion. In this book, Evans explores the social forces that have led to thinning out of public debate over human genetic engineering and the problem that lies in the structure of the debate itself. Evans furthermore discusses disputes over the concerns of genetic modification as achieving assumed ends and not only discusses how decisions about the ethics of human genetic engineering are made but also shows how the structure of the debate has led to the technological choices we are now facing. February 23rd, 1997 news broke that Scottish researchers had taken a cell from an adult sheep and placed it into an egg that was then implanted in another sheep. That produced the infamous known sheep, Dolly. Of course, the public was immediately concerned and asked questions. Could this technique be…

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