A Christian Response to the New Genetics: Religious, by David H. Smith, Cynthia B. Cohen, David A. Ames, Mary R.

By David H. Smith, Cynthia B. Cohen, David A. Ames, Mary R. Anderlik, Ellen Wright Clayton, Theodore A. Daniels, Lindon Eaves, Judith A. Granbois, Elizabeth Heitman, Jan C. Heller, Bruce Jennings, James B. Lemler, Timothy Sedgwick, LeRoy B. Walters, MaryT Wh

A Christian reaction to the hot Genetics appeals to either secular and non secular readers within the heart of the nice debate over our new genetic powers. those essays confirm many conventional Christian views and virtues, whereas additionally introducing new insights. stopover at our web site for pattern chapters!

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The factors impacting these difficult decisions are highly subjective and variable, reflecting individual families’ unique interpretations of the facts, their particular circumstances, and a diversity of moral and religious beliefs. For this reason, genetic counseling for reproductive planning has steadfastly maintained the profession’s tradition of nondirectiveness. This approach has drawn criticism, for while it respects parental autonomy and reproductive freedom, it permits what could be considered poorly informed or frivolous decisions.

For over 95 percent of pregnancies, amniocentesis reveals that a fetus is developing normally. However, if an abnormality is found, opportunities for medical intervention are limited; almost always, the expectant couple must decide whether to continue or terminate the pregnancy. If they choose to continue, they may be able to plan for medical interventions at delivery or to educate themselves about the special needs of the child-to-be. 6 Prospective parents who learn that their child-to-be is genetically abnormal face an agonizing choice.

Cohen, and Lindon Eaves function, but a wide range of behavioral traits including personality, abilities, and even socioeconomic success and social or religious values. However, it is a grave mistake to assume that genes are the only, or even the greatest, part of the story of human differences. One example will suffice to make the point. Developed countries in the world are currently experiencing an “epidemic” of adult-onset diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. All these traits are influenced in important ways by genetic variation, but the dramatic increase in their prevalence has occurred not because of changes in our genes-genes don’t change that quickly-but because of changes in our environment and levels of physical activity.

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