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Science, technology, ethics

Aide Memoire from the Global Consultation on Genetics, New Biotechnologies and the Ministry of the Church
Aide Memoire summarizing the discussions at a 2-5 December Global Consultation on Genetics and New Biotechnologies held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants stated that "the creativity of science needs to serve the common good" and alerted about the risk of biotechnology leading to "increased dependency and threat to biodiversity". "Communities can be devastated by the intrusion of genetically modified seeds and bio-piracy", participants said. They recognized the "need for dialogue with scientists", so as to move "beyond a reactive mode", and called for the "restoration of the churches' prophetic voices and public witness in the growing debate regarding the ethical use of genetics and biotechnologies".
Executive summary: Ethical and theological reflection on stem cell research
The World Council of Churches gathering to discuss "Stem cell research in the service of human life?" was held at the Orthodox Volos Academy of Theological Studies in Greece.
Food is life
Gene technology
No patenting of life!
Respect for life
Transforming Life, Volume 1
This publication presents the challenges posed by newly emerging technologies to people of faith. It is a discussion starter and wants to encourage urgently needed study and reflection by churches, theological faculties and ecumenical bodies in close cooperation with each other. The new technologies represent a new stage of development, which requires a fresh approach and change of perspective.
Transforming Life, Volume 2
This document deals first with the implications of genetic engineering applied to human life and then turns to the implications for agriculture.
WCC and new and emerging technologies
The author of this e-book, Dr Gregor Wolbring is a member of CAC/ISO - Canadian Advisory Committees for the International Organization for Standardization, section TC229 Nanotechnologies; a former member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO; a Disabled People's International Bioethics Taskforce Chair; a biochemist, health researcher, and a researcher on ethics, sociology and governance of emerging technology researcher, and disability/ability studies. This e-book is not an official WCC publication but a discussion paper.
Whose DNA?