Biotechniques and ethics in livestock breeding : can differences in opinion be attenuated?
It appears, that gene technology - like other modern technologies - is stricken by certain ambiguities. It carries numerous good chances but is not entirely devoid of risks. The ambiguities which give rise to differences in opinion, will prevent a quick approximation. Essentially positive - however - is the prospect that a continuing discussion, free of emotions, may result in a better mutual understanding by minimizing the often felt discrepancies between technical progress and human acceptance. Despite the differences in opinion of the two groups, some points of agreement are obvious. Both, the advocates of biotechnology and those of bioethics agree that an unrestricted "yes" would be as wrong as a strict "no" and that new methods should be carefully tested on individuals first. Only if both parties are willing to compromise, a conspicuous application of biotechnology in live stock breeding is possible in favour of an improved living quality of mankind.