Human Transgenesis - Definitions  Technical Possibilities and Moral Challenges
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Human Transgenesis - Definitions Technical Possibilities and Moral Challenges

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beings, not
a qualitative one.4 The problem does not lie in the tool itself, but in what use people
will make of it.

4 Conclusion

The biological and social possibilities that transgenic interventions may bring about
are further evidence that reality is complex, dynamic and uncertain: The deeper our
grasp of reality, the more we realise that there are no essences to be found, no
underlying intentionality to be followed, and no holiness to be respected. Even as
the concept of human nature dissolves into nothingness, the uniqueness and capacity
of human agency is increased. Taking control of and responsibility for our evolu-
tionary future means recognising and assessing genuine risks, not retreating behind
obsolete notions concerning the essentialistic qualities of the human genome or the
purported wisdom of the evolutionary process. It is time that we recognise trans-
genesis as an eminently natural process, one that plays an important role in the
development and evolution of all species, including Homo sapiens.

Acknowledgements Brunello Stancioli acknowledges the support of CAPES – as a beneficiary of one of its
scholarships for post-doctoral studies abroad – for his work on this article.


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