Medicine: To Fool (or Not) with Mother Nature

"The issue is how far we play God, I how far we are going to treat mankind as we would animal husbandry." So says Leo Abse, a British M.P. who has long felt that policymakers have not dealt seriously enough with the issues raised by developments like the test-tube baby, and plans to lead a parliamentary debate on the matter this week. But for philosophers and theologians, as well as scientists, the Old ham experiment sharpens some long standing moral and religious questions. Is in-vitro fertilization to be applauded as a humanizing technique, allowing some infertile couples the joy of procreation?...

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