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Modern healthcare: are we playing God?

Life

There has always been a wide range of opinion and practice among Christians on the matter of medical technology. Soon after his conversion, my physician husband was taken aback when a woman in his congregation explained she was not going to visit a doctor to treat a thigh abscess, but was instead going to pray according to the instructions of James:
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Should we use vaccines derived from abortions?

Life, Sola Panel

One of the things I have been asked about regularly is the ethics of using vaccines developed from cell lines derived from aborted foetuses. Viruses require cells in order to replicate, and so scientists utilize cell lines (i.e. continually renewed cultures of specific cells in a laboratory) to grow the viruses used in the production of vaccines. Some human-specific viruses will only grow on cell lines originally derived from a sample of human tissue. (more…)

The Human Genome Project

Life

It has been called 21st century science in a moral dark age. Bill Clinton and Tony Blair announced the completion of the first working draft of the human genome sequence in June last year. Alongside those who were anticipating wonderful new medical advances in the near future were many who were pondering what new atrocities would be committed in the name of science. At a time when there is no consensus as to what a human person is, for what purpose will the human ‘book of life’ be used?

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