The ethical issues of biotechnology: Religious culture and the value of life
From Current Sociology
Human society faces many sensitive problems over the value of life as a result of the advancement of bioethics and medical technologies. Over the last 2 decades many countries have strengthened policies promoting bioscience and advanced medicine. One of the most notable areas is progress in decoding the human genome, increased knowledge about genes, and manipulation and use of the human germline (embryos, sperm and eggs) by technological intervention. This progress has caused concern for some as important questions have been raised about the value of life and unease has been expressed over the potential direction of science and technology. It is argued that the globalized competition in science and technology makes it necessary to transcend the views concerning the value of life propagated by particular religious cultures. This article investigates how the value of life is conceptualized by religious cultures in regard to the emerging threats.