From dramatic advances in medical genetics and biotechnology, controversies have emerged in the application of these techniques over the control and design of living organisms. This book brings together the seminal essays of two Catholic moral theologians in an effort to identify the key ethical and theological questions raised by the new genetic technology. Roman Catholic tradition meets modern medicine in dialogue to bring issues of faith, science, and ethical decision making into perspective.
Thomas A. Shannon is professor of religion and social ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of many articles and books in Catholic Social thought, bioethics, and genetics. He is the editor of a series of readers in bioethics for Sheed & Ward. James J. Walter is Austin & Ann O'Malley Professor of Bioethics and director of the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University. He has written many articles and books on morality, medical ethics, and biotechnology, including A Call to Fidelity.
Chapter 1 Theological Issues in Genetics Chapter 2 thical Issues in Genetics Chapter 3 Catholic Reflections on the Human Genome Project Chapter 4 Reflections on the Moral Status of the Pre-embryo Chapter 5 Human Nature in a Post-Genomic World Chapter 6 Human Gene Transfer: Some Theological Contributions to the Ethi-cal Debate Chapter 7 Human Cloning: Religious and Ethical Issues Chapter 8 Human Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Chapter 9 Ethical Issues in Stem Cell Therapy: From the Micro to the Macro Chapter 10 The Bioengineering of Planet Earth: Some Scientific, Moral and Theological Considerations