School of Health Sciences
ethical dilemmas, epigenetic editing, epigenetic editing in utero, Christian, Christian ethical dilemmas, problems with epigenetic editing
Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Maternal and Child Health | Medical Genetics | Medicine and Health Sciences | Patient Safety | Reproductive and Urinary Physiology
Hendrix, Victoria, "The Ethical Dilemmas Epigenetic Editing In Utero Presents to Christians" (2023). Senior Honors Theses. 1338.
The development of CRISPR epigenetic editing technology was initially impactful due to its potential for disease treatment. However, despite the potential benefits of epigenetic technology, there exist ethical dilemmas surrounding its use in utero. The review of the ethical dilemmas of epigenetic editing in utero from a Christian perspective showed that research in epigenetic editing is promising, yet fraught with peril. The basic ethical issues of epigenetic editing in utero stem from its inaccuracy, lack of research concerning its effects on offspring, an incomplete understanding of gene interactions, and its connection to eugenics. The ethical concerns particularly relevant to Christians are its use of aborted embryos, basis in human judgment, conflict with imago Dei, and possibility for religious hardships.