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NEW ADVOCACY OF INHERITABLE GENETIC MODIFICATION (IGM)

Genetic Crossroads
December 17th, 2002

A group of 15 mostly European academics and bioethicists has released a signed statement declaring their belief that it would be ethically acceptable to create genetically modified children, provided the procedure was "safe and effective." The statement grew out of a conference on inheritable genetic modification held in Brussels in early December and sponsored by the International Forum on Biophilosophy. The statement declares, "No interpretation of human dignity has been identified that stands in the way of the development of IGM."

The press release announcing the statement (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-12/sari-ess121302.php) was issued by the Science and Religion Information Service. The director of SRIS, Brent Waters, is the author of Reproductive Technology: Towards a Theology of Procreative Stewardship (Darton Longman & Todd Ltd, 2001). The organization's web site states that it is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, which has also underwritten other projects that seek to promote a religious and ethical framework that would embrace human genetic redesign.

For more information on the promotion of the new eugenics, see http://www.genetics-and-society.org/politics/promoencouraging.html


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