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Soul Making and Genetic Engineering: Can we design the perfect human?

The text raises the issue of 'soul making' and presents as a thought experiment the question of whether God could have made humans "good" by nature. While this question is merely hypothetical, we can inquire about the possibility of using genetic engineering to create the perfect human. Some modern geneticists believe that beyond selecting for physical traits such as eye color, our genetic code is also responsible for many aspects of our personality and those intangible characteristics often attributed to our character or 'soul.'

Use the Internet to explore these questions.

A. Do you think it will ever be possible to genetically manipulate baby's intelligence, personality traits and character?

B. If we could use genetics to create a baby that would have an innately "ethical" personality, should we?

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