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Religions 2017, 8(4), 61; doi:10.3390/rel8040061

Should CRISPR Scientists Play God?

GTU/CTNS, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
Academic Editor: Noreen L. Herzfeld
Received: 8 February 2017 / Revised: 1 April 2017 / Accepted: 5 April 2017 / Published: 7 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the New Technologies)
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Will CRISPR usher in a new era of Promethean overreach? CRISPR makes gene editing widely available and cheap. Anti-play-god bioethicists fear that geneticists will play god and precipitate a backlash from nature that could be devastating. In contrast to the anti-play-god bioethicists, this article recommends that laboratory science invoke the Precautionary Principle: pause at the yellow caution light, but then with constant risk-assessment proceed ahead. View Full-Text
Keywords: CRISPR; Cas9; Prometheus; play god; stem cells; bioethics; germline intervention; Precautionary Principle CRISPR; Cas9; Prometheus; play god; stem cells; bioethics; germline intervention; Precautionary Principle
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