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The New Biology Is Here, But Are We Ready?

While I was in law school, some of my classmates worked on a model set of laws to address the new biology. They even worked on euthanasia. While discussing the issues with them, the one thing I remember is that there are no easy answers.

Take, for example, creating babies to treat family ailments. In England, five Lords of law ruled that it is acceptable to create designer babies to type tissues and create sources for material that may be missing in other family members. Then, that tissue will be harvested later and used to treat those family members.

Some Englanders want to stop the practice, and not allow parents to create babies in a test tube that provide this missing material.

I won't even pretend to have answers to these questions or even know the questions to ask. Is it as simple as if we can, then should we?

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Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, April 29, 2005


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