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    "Genetic Turning Points" by James C. Peterson

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    A 5 page paper which summarizes and outlines two particular points made in James C. Peterson's book "Genetic Turning Points: The Ethics of Human Genetic Intervention." Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.

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    see that there is controversy over cloning, controversy over what portions of a body to use, such as stem cells, for helping other individuals, and a great deal of dilemma  concerning the possibilities as they involve fetuses. AS one author states, "Advances in technology have now made it possible to intervene in even our own genetic makeup. Genetic technology is  accelerating every day, opening doors to many more options and raising a multitude of ethical questions" (Hopler, 2002; 7CCIID652110,00.html). In "Genetic Turning Points: The Ethics of Human Genetic Intervention" James  C. Peterson presents us with some very intriguing and informative perspectives concerning the moral involvement of mankind as it relates to genetics. In the following paper we focus on two  particular points presented by Peterson. Point One One of the most controversial aspects of genetic study involves the use of fetuses for research and for future contributions to genetic  research and genetic products. This is one of Petersons primary points as well. In an essay he stated the following, which seems to summarize one of the primary points made  in his book: "Even if one concluded that an embryo was not a person yet, the embryo could still as a human embryo warrant more respect and care than mere  tissue. The embryo is potentially associated with a human person in the future" (Peterson, 2002; jpet-body.html). In essence, one need not believe that a fetus, or an embryo, is a  human being yet to understand that fact that ethically one should respect the fact that it is more than simple human tissue. One of the most powerful arguments for  this type of understanding, and ethical approach, is that we, as human beings, have no proof of when an embryo becomes a human being. We claim to believe in a 

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