We spoke with Marnie Gelbart, Ph.D., about the problems genetic testing and engineering both create and solve.
What are the ethical implications of the latest developments in genetic engineering and the impact on improving the quality of human life?
Nature is not an end in itself. Humanity is needed to complete that which was created to enhance what is natural.
Is there some unique essence that separates natural-born humans from creations that seem to reproduce the same electro-chemical workings as the human brain (“a soul”)?
As genetic technology continues to advance, what happens when we try to create or eliminate certain characteristics for our children? What are the potential unintended consequences with fiddling with our DNA? Should humans be “playing God”? Lisa Ortuno, a Sinai and Synapses Fellow, explores those questions through a series of interviews, asking several experts, “Are we more than our genes?”