The fundamental consequence of genetic research is this: it will radically alter our beliefs and actions about biological intervention into human beings. When the Human Genome Project has created the first map of all of the human genes within the next 2-3 years, this new knowledge will be used first in diagnosis and attempts at prevention of illnesses. Following that will be gene-therapy.
But in the longer term human enhancement will be made possible as a consequence of genetics research. The genetic knowledge that will permit us to identify diseases and disorders will also allow us to identify the means and mechanisms for enhancing human capabilities. Are we ready to manage that capability of being the first species to be able to directly intervene in shaping its own evolution?
The challenge for public policy and the ethics debate will be to learn the lessons of the history of for example the cloning debate. We must ensure opportunities for public dialogue in this area is not wasted in the future.
3 papers: Humans and
Genetic Engineering in the New Millenium
--- How are we going to get ¡°Gen-Ethics¡± just in time?
2001 by Team C0123260
The Legenders , RJC, Singapore