Religious and Bioethical Considerations on Genetic Modification Technology

By Shaik Mohd Noor Alam S.M. Hussain and Wan Izatul Asma Wan Talaat.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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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

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.115-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.232MB).

Dr. Shaik Mohd Noor Alam S.M. Hussain

Professor of Law, Faculty of Economics and Management, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Wan Izatul Asma Wan Talaat

Associate Professor of Law, Corporate Communication and External Affairs Division, University Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

Dr. Wan Izatul Asma binti Wan Talaat is an Associate Professor of Law at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. She is currently seconded to the Office of the Vice Chancellor to head the Corporate Communication and External Affairs Division with the main task to enhance the university’s public and international relations. Her research interest is primarily in Commercial Law particularly on Law of Contract and Consumer Contract, Marine Insurance and Women’s Legal Right. Her works have been published in a number of national professional and refereed journals such as the Malayan Law Journal, Current Law Journal and INSAF (Journal of the Malaysian BAR). Internationally, she also publishes her paper in the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce and Journal of International Maritime Law, among others. Associate Professor Dr. Wan Izatul Asma has also written a fair share of papers, which she presented at both international and national conferences.

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