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Introduction

The development of biotechnology has produced nothing short of a revolution in our capacity not only to manipulate living things from single plant cells to human nature itself, but also to manufacture new life forms almost ‘from scratch’. This power to shape and create forms of life has sometimes been described as the power to ‘play God’. In this sense the power is not radically different from powers which humans have always possessed and exercised. The dilemma of power is not whether to exercise it-we literally can’t help ourselves-but how to exercise it.