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Acta Medica Colombiana

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Abstract

MEJIA, Orlando. The possibilities of gene therapy and its bio-ethical dilemmas. Acta Med Colomb [online]. 2005, vol.30, n.2, pp.73-79. ISSN 0120-2448.

According to Anderson, gene therapy has four levels of application; somatic cells, germinal cells, perfective therapy and eugenic manipulation. An analysis of the bio-ethical dilemma in each therapy level is made and the so called Evolution Concept is stated to question the wish of some scientists to start gene therapy from germ cells. Likewise, there is a warning about the hazards of starting perfective therapy and eugenic manipulation due to the social and political implications of positive eugenics programs reactivation.

Keywords : gene therapy; bio-ethical dilemma.

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