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Ethical issues in the application of genetic engineering

Michael Ukah, Oduora Okpokam Asuo

Abstract


The position of this paper titled “Ethical Issues in the Application of Genetic Engineering” is that science needs to be overseen by ethics. The science of genetics is used as case study here to highlight the difficulties inherent in the application of the discoveries of geneticists. Whereas we have acknowledged the positive contributions of genetic engineering in the solution of some human problems, the paper argues that the application of this science needs to be done with moral considerations to avoid abuses and demeaning of the human species. The approach here is both expository and analytic.

Keywords: Gene; Genetic Engineering; Ethics, Manipulation




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