The advancement in biotechnology, which in its most general sense refers to any technology that uses biology to accomplish its end, has brought the realm of possibilities very uncomfortably close, some say, to the realm of the probabilities. When probabilities can imminently become realities, the interface between science and religion becomes inevitable because in the ultimate analysis, the transformation from probable to actual will be greatly determined by social acceptance. Moral and ethical considerations are major factors in influencing a risk-averse public. Social acceptance of change, including changes to be brought about by biotechnology can only come about when societal biotech outlook can overcome deep rooted doctrinal objections presented by religion, cultural prejudices and ethics. Changes brought about by biotechnology and genetic engineering will continue to challenge existing frontiers of both knowledge and the human conscience which has been moulded by centuries of deeply held belief of what is right and what is wrong. This paper examines the ethical and religious responses to biotechnology, in particular the genetic modification technology, by weighing both the proponents’ as well as the opponents’ views.
|Keywords:||Biotechnology, Genetic Modification Technology, Religion, Bioethics|
Professor of Law, Faculty of Economics and Management, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Associate Professor of Law, Corporate Communication and External Affairs Division, University Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
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