Altering Nature: Volume Two: Religion, Biotechnology, and by B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch A. Brody, Gerald P. McKenny

By B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch A. Brody, Gerald P. McKenny (auth.), B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch A. Brody, Gerald P. McKenny (eds.)

The volumes of changing Nature ponder the complicated ways in which options of 'nature' and 'the ordinary' are understood and the relevance of these understandings to discussions of biotechnology. quantity One, strategies of 'Nature' and 'The ordinary' in Biotechnology Debates, bargains nuanced debts of the ways in which nature is invoked and interpreted, either descriptively and prescriptively, via diverse disciplines, together with views from spirituality and faith, philosophy, technology and drugs, legislations and economics, and aesthetics. within the context of that wide dialogue, quantity , faith, Biotechnology, and Public coverage, stories fresh non secular and moral analyses of 4 particular components of biotechnology: assisted replica, genetic remedy and enhancement, human-machine incorporation, and biodiversity. It identifies and explores the richer normative issues that tell specific debates and indicates ways in which coverage offerings in biotechnology could be illuminated by means of devoting larger realization to spiritual perspectives.

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Especially among lesbians AI has often been performed at home, with anonymous or known donor sperm, but concerns about disease and paternity rights have led more and more women to pursue AI in clinics under medical supervision. Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT): A woman with intact fallopian tubes takes drugs to induce superovulation; a doctor removes ova, mixes them with ejaculated homologous or donor sperm, and inserts the gametes into her fallopian tubes, the normal environment for fertilization.

In its most basic and unproblematic form, assisted reproduction involves optimizing the 26 C. Traina et al. chances of conception by drawing upon increasingly sophisticated knowledge of the human reproductive system to adjust the timing and conditions of intercourse, possibly employing fertility-enhancing drugs. Conception under these circumstances is by all accounts still considered “natural,” for no external process alters the structure of heterosexual intercourse or guides the paths of the gametes or the process of fertilization or implantation.

Reluctance to use it is sometimes an intentional resistance to other, apparently hegemonic religious or to secular discourses that employ “nature” as a source of moral authority. Acceptance might imply any of several related themes: for example, nature as well-designed physical creation, perhaps left to its own devices, or perhaps inhabited by a power that occasionally gives it a little boost; and nature as the divinely intended character, purpose, and end of a thing. In either case, human reason may have a role to play in assisting the existing systems to function or in improving realization of existing ends.

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