Essay What Does The Jewish Tradition Say About Acting Like G D?

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Genetic engineering is the modification of an organism 's genetic composition by artificial means, often involving the transfer of specific traits, or genes, from one organism into a plant or animal of an entirely different species. This type of technology gives parents and doctors an almost “G-d- like” position. Should parents be able to choose certain traits for their children if the children cannot give consent to this? Are their safety hazards to this picking and choosing? According to Jewish law, is this ethical and moral? What does the Jewish tradition say about acting like G-d?
One common use of genetic engineering in humans is the creation of designer babies. One of the first times that a designer baby was created (in vitro) was in Fairfax, Virginia. The Collins family had two boys and the parents wanted their third child to be female. In order to ensure that their desires were met, they chose to create a designer baby in order to ensure the birth of a female. To do this they chose a zygote with two X-chromosomes. Before the Collins family made their decision to select the sex of their baby, The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs released a statement in support of using genetic selection in order prevent or cure diseases. The issue gets more complicated when concerning parents selecting preferred traits for the children, such as height, eye color, or hair color. When dealing with physical or desired characteristics there are many social and ethical issues and…

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