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Med Wieku Rozwoj. 2001;5(1 Suppl 1):63-73.

[Between sancticity and value of human life: in perspective of human cloning].

[Article in Polish]

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  • Instytut Filozofii Uniwersytetu Szczecinskiego, ul. Mickiewicza 18, 70-387 Szczecin, Poland.

Abstract

The more we know, the more duties and greater responsibility we have. The dynamic development of biology carries a lot of hope for the freeing of mankind from genetic diseases. But the introduction of scientific thought necessarily has to be bound with the development of technology. It is wrong when technology dictates science a direction of development; when technique comes before ethics; and when technology does not respect the essence of a human being. The uncritical introduction of eugenics, especially cloning of people and rejecting all moral arguments, recalls inglorious acts of science when the ideology of progress determined the range of problems that researchers focused on. The same ideology of progress, although originating from other sources, pushes science toward a second extreme, into utilitarianism. In the article the author wishes to substantiate the necessity for researchers to respect ethical norms. Recognition of natural laws alone does not provide science with full development if the rights of conscience are violated.

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