Church warns against scientific experiments on programming human genotype
06 February 2007, 13:08
Russian Orthodox Church warns against 'scientific' experiments on
programming human genotype
Moscow, February 6, Interfax - The mysterious and unpredictable birth
of a human being turned into development of a technological product
threatens the ethical principles of our civilization, the Russian
Orthodox Church reminds us.
'Seeing in a child a technological product of our choice will lead us
to a complete loss of the fundamental idea of the unique nature and
sovereign dignity of every human being', Archpriest Nikolay Balashov,
secretary for inter-Orthodox relations at the department for external
church relations, said in a interview with the Moskovskaya Pravda daily.
This was Father Nikolay's comment on the proposal of a medical center
set up recently in the USA 'to program' a future child, that is, 'to
order' its sex, appearance and gifts. Acting on the 'order' the
center's staff will choose 'appropriate' cells and inject them in the
mother for artificial insemination.
'Taking this path, humanity does not understand the shocks we will
have to face', the Russian Orthodox Church official noted.
Humans' attempts to claim the role of creators reproducing themselves
he believes will eventually lead to 'competition of products' in the
market in place of what we have used to call human relations'.
Some scientists questioned by the newspaper described these
experiments as 'a pure swindle', 'PR campaign for artificial
insemination' and 'unscientific fiction'.