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Science and bioethics at a crossroads

This is a very exciting time for biotechnology, the science of using living organisms and their products to make useful products and to cure human diseases. In the past few years, all the genes that make up the human DNA have been sequenced (ie completely described chemically). There is great hope that we will, as a result, discover many new gene products that can act as targets in the body for new pharmaceuticals to help cure disease.