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1. Genetics Topic: Is DNA the Essence of Life?
leap from the association of DNA
with life to the metaphysical proscription against technical manipulation.
DNA the essence of life? Is it any more arrogant or sacrilegious
to cut DNA than to cut living tissue, as in surgery? It is
2. General Term: Mitochondrial DNA
Mitochondrial DNA DNA that is unique
to the mitochondria. It is not the
same the DNA in the nucleus.
3. General Term: Recombinant DNA
Recombinant DNA Molecules that are constructed outside living cells by
joining natural or synthetic DNA segments in such a way that they can replicate
in a living cell (the replicative products are also considered to be
4. General Term: DNA
DNA DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a double-stranded helix of nucleotides which
carries the genetic information of a cell. It encodes the information for the
proteins and is able self-replicate.
5. Genetics Topic: Treating Faulty DNA
Treating Faulty DNA
ethical issue which appears in both secular and religious discussions
is the distinction between somatic therapy and germline enhancement.
By somatic therapy we refer to the treatment of a
6. Genetics Topic: Improving our DNA
Improving our DNA
many religious ethicists agree that some forms of gene therapy
(e.g. somatic therapy) could be beneficial, enhancement through
germline engineering raises cautions about protecting human dignity.
7. Genetics Topic: DNA and Social Behavior?
DNA and Social Behavior?
popularity of Richard Dawkins book, The Selfish Gene ,
along with the controversy created by sociobiologists , demonstrates
a growing interest in the prospect that scientists will be able
8. Interview: Ted Peters
drawn our attention towards DNA as being
different than other molecules.
QUESTION: You've disagreed with this position that DNA is sacred.
DR. PETERS: Yes. I think what happened is that people began to treat DNA as sacred. By sacred I mean
9. Interview: Richard Dawkins
but in some other sense the DNA double helix surely has
some meaning for us. What is the DNA double helix trying to tell us in the world today?" Maybe the twisting of the two strands of
DNA has some significance for the uniting of human
10. Genetics Topic: Patenting Gods Creation?
billion nucleotides in the DNA
and to locate where on the DNA the genes are sited. Relatively
speaking, only a small portion of the DNA functions as genes-
about 3%. The non-genetic material has been affectionately labeled