Genetic engineering is perhaps at a stage in its technological development approximately equivalent to that of computers 15 years ago—that is, many of the future developments can be foreseen, but are not reality yet. It is, therefore, important to examine the risks and benefits that future developments might bring, while it still may be possible to draw back from these developments. Anderson’s Genetic Engineering is an attempt to do just that. He quotes the Journal of the American Medical Association to define his subject: “… anything having to do with the manipulation of the gametes … or the fetus, for whatever purpose, from conception other than by sexual union, to treatment of a disease in utero, to the ultimate manufacture of a human being to exact specifications.” (Actually, much of the book, and much present interest in genetic engineering, centers on genetic engineering in nonhuman organism, or manipulation of nonreproductive human cells, rather than on genetic engineering as defined.)
Genetic Engineering includes chapters as follows: artificial insemination, artificial sex selection, in-vitro fertilization, recombinant DNA research, and human cloning, each with sections on ethical and theological considerations. These, and the introductory and closing chapters, make clear that Anderson values what the Bible says and tries to apply it to the issues. He feels that artificial insemination, by husband or donor, is not biblically prohibited in all cases, that the Bible has little to say relevant to sex selection (but Anderson apparently opposes it), that in-vitro fertilization is an inappropriate technology, that some types of recombinant DNA research are acceptable, but others (creating new types of creatures, surmounting ...1
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