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Verbum et Ecclesia

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DU TOIT, Cornelius W.. Life in our hands? Some ethical perspectives on the human genome and human genome diversity projects. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.35, n.1, pp. 01-10. ISSN 1609-9982.

The article dealt with implications of the human genome and the human genome diversity project. It examined some theological implications, such as: humans as the image of God, God as the creator of life, the changed role of miracles and healings in religion, the sacredness of nature, life and the genome. Ethical issues that were addressed include eugenics, germline intervention, determinism and the human genome diversity project. Economic and legal factors that play a role were also discussed. Whilst positive aspects of genome research were considered, a critical stance was adopted towards patenting the human genome and some concluding guidelines were proposed.

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