Published in Gene Therapy Weekly, May 29th, 1995
Ownership and commercialization of life are grotesque, they declared. Gene patenting "represents the usurpation of ownership rights of the sovereign of the universe," said Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention. "Designer human beings are just over the horizon."
Scientists said the move could halt research on lifesaving therapies, and bioethicists said it promised to touch off a tough congressional fight pitting public health against religion.
"It's a classic clash between science and religion, the...
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