Setting boundaries

Philosophers have argued that the natural sciences per se are morally neutral. But it is possible to debate whether the uses to which science is put are morally right or wrong. With the new advances in genetics, as with any useful scientific tool, there is scope for abuse. Controversial applications of genetic testing in the context of reproductive cloning and reproduction give rise to great challenges, and require the implementation of international regulations on the boundaries within which these applications can be applied. Moral, religious and cultural beliefs underpin decision-making by individuals, couples, families and communities and may challenge such boundaries.

Source: Health - Centre for Genetic Education, Australia