Unpredictable and reckless

READ MORE: Genetic science is still a mystery and will produce dangerous, unintended effects. It is important to note that the content of this website focuses on genetic engineering of human embryos, not of born children or adults. The kind of genetic engineering performed on embryos, which is soon after their creation, is likely to…

Kills unborn human beings.

READ MORE: In both research and the procedures, genetic engineering of embryos kills unborn human beings. LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS (click on any topic to go to that page)Christian teaching on the dignity of unborn human beings.Christian teaching on killing and murder.Jesus’ commandment to love. Genetic engineering kills unborn human beings, as does germline editing,…

Not compassionate medicine or therapy

READ MORE: The procedure does not treat a patient, but alters raw material (perceived) to create a future person. Researchers engaged in genetic engineering of human embryos, and the bioethics scholars who provide justification, suggest that genetic engineering and medicine have the same goal of compassionate, therapeutic intervention to reduce the suffering of a person….

Causes despair

READ MORE: The new person is likely to suffer in their self-image, identity, and relationships. What is personal identity? Christian insight into the truth of personal identity Genetic engineering and personal identity when enhancing human embryos Genetic engineering and personal identity when enhancing abilities Genetic engineering and personal identity when enhancing physical traits WHAT IS…

Imposes parental control

READ MORE: Parents impose their preferences and ideas of perfection that distort the lifetime identity of a new person who never consented. Fast-developing technologies and therapies in the genetic sciences require that our society face some crucial moral questions about parental rights in genetic engineering of human embryos: Do parents have a moral right to…

Pursues a fantasy of perfection

READ MORE: Advocates and parents try to approach a perfection that is imagined and not the fulfillment of human nature. Genetic engineering and the goal of perfection Improvement necessarily implies perfection Perfection through genetic engineering of human embryos Dominion over nature doesn’t justify perfection of human beings GENETIC ENGINEERING AND THE GOAL OF PERFECTION Scientists,…

Loss of respect for human dignity

READ MORE: Genetic engineering of embryos will cause an unprecedented loss of respect for human life, dignity, and rights. Human Nature Carries a Special DignityEach of us believes in our heart that we are a unique, unrepeatable person who deserves respect from others, even if it’s only in our most basic rights. To have personal…

Vast increase in government powers

READ MORE: Government regulation and enforcement of genetic enhancements are inevitable in an increasingly managed society. In a world where many powerful or largely supported groups advocate forced population control such as China’s one-child policy and abortion-inducing vaccines in Africa, extensive restrictions on individual choices for environmental control, and decreasing freedoms to act according to…

Most Genetic Engineering of Human Embryos is Not Catholic Teaching

Genetic engineering and Catholic teaching are a poor match when applied to human embryos. It is hardly therapeutic, kills unborn children, and causes extreme spiritual crises. Pope John Paul II, who boldly challenged the morality of a number of new biotechnologies and their inhuman applications, has provided some guidance on genetic engineering and Catholic teaching….

$1.5 million cost for gene therapy

A recent news story tells how a family paid $1.5 million to have a gene therapy developed that would save their child afflicted by a very rare genetic disorder. Quite a number of parents have paid for new therapies because the researchers and drug companies are not financially motivated to produce therapies for just a…

(Blog) Twin Baby Girls Herald a New Threat to Personhood

(This post was originally published at the Personhood Alliance blog. Click here to see their blog.) Time has run out for casual debates over the morality of human genetic editing. A new advance in technology called CRISPR enables scientists to effectively attempt modifications of unborn individuals’ given nature by editing their genes. This development has…

(Blog) Human Nature Is the Mystery of Genetic Evolution

In a recent article, Harvard biologist Mansi Srivastava was quoted as saying: “I can give you a list of genes that seem to be associated with an increase in complexity [of organisms], but at some level that’s not very powerful information. It can’t explain why a human looks like a human and a sponge looks…

(Blog) Parenting rights, disability, and human nature

I recently came across a report from the National Council on Disability, which is a U.S. government agency that evaluates and advocates for enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities. The report outlines the various difficulties that people with disabilities wrestle with in giving birth to and retaining custody of children. The report brings…

(Blog) Human nature reveals itself in beauty and becoming

In late 2017, the magazine Are We Europe revealed an inspirational story about a homeless man who spread love and good cheer among the people of Bristol, England. He achieved this while selling a magazine published for homeless people who want to earn an income. “Whoever meets Jeff in person doesn’t forget him easily. With…

(Blog) Criticism of Germline Editing Experiment Misses the Mark

Widespread criticism followed the late 2018 reports that researcher He Jiankui had edited the genes of twin girls who were then born. The criticisms betray an ominous, persistent flaw in the current state of bioethics and scientific norms. He Jiankui’s experiment is a radical leap forward for genetic technologies that threaten human nature, not only…

(Blog) Threat to Human Life Takes a Giant Leap Forward

“I see it as one of those moments that happens once every few decades, where someone does something that so dramatically changes the landscape that the world will never be the same again.” ~ William Hurlbut, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University Medical Center’s Department of Neurobiology (CNN, 12/1/2018) A recent development in genetic enhancement…