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CRISPR-Cas9 and Genetic Modifications: The Science, the Ethical Questions and Theological Reflection

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CRISPR-Cas9 and Genetic Modifications: The Science, the Ethical Questions and Theological Reflection

Musano, Camillia (2020) CRISPR-Cas9 and Genetic Modifications: The Science, the Ethical Questions and Theological Reflection. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Genetic engineering has been a subject of interest to ethicists and theologians specifically with genetic modifications using CRISPR-Cas9. The way CRISPR functions is that it can cut a specific DNA sequence and then it can silence or insert and delete genes. This scientific method can help treat or prevent diseases by removing the DNA sequences that causes them. Furthermore, CRISPR could also be used to enhance genetic traits through this kind of gene editing. The ethics surrounding CRISPR has been a growing concern, specifically whether someone has the right to intervene in a person’s DNA without their consent, such as in utero. In addition, there have also been concerns on how genetic modifications affect our autonomy, moral agency, actions and society as a whole. Theological reflection on genetic modifications asks deeper questions. We begin to see how genetic modification can affect the foundations of Christianity in healthcare. Moreover, theology explores the question of whether or not it is moral for a human to play God and what a future might be like with genetically modified individuals. This leads us to reflect on what it means to be human once our bodies are changed in this way. Genetic modifications provoke differing views among many people and this thesis will explore the different perspectives in order to come to a deeper understanding of what is at stake.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Theological Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Musano, Camillia
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Theological Studies
Date:20 July 2020
Thesis Supervisor(s):Jamieson, Christine
ID Code:987305
Deposited By: CAMILLIA MUSANO
Deposited On:25 Nov 2020 15:28
Last Modified:02 Dec 2020 16:15

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