Raquelle with the San Francisco CSI team outlines the ethical issues:
‘They are in direct convention of all sorts of laws and morals. It’s not as if they didn’t know, I even found this copy of the President’s Bioethics Committee report displayed in their bookcase upstairs.’
Seeing Mark’s lack of recognition she flicked through it and quoted.
‘It says for example, “Biotechnology and the life sciences have astonished the world in recent years, but they have also disoriented people by raising a whole new set of ethical issues.
‘In response, a new branch of moral philosophy has emerged, bioethics, whose task is to grapple with the ethical challenges of cloning, stem cell research, genetic engineering, in vitro fertilization, drug therapy, new techniques for arresting the aging process, and aspirations to conquer death itself.”
And adds later:
‘…Unlikely, because it’s really all based upon what you believe. It comes down to your definition of our humanity. Are we just a complex organism that lives and dies and then that’s it?
‘Or, do we have a soul? If you believe the latter then the sort of meddling these people are doing is an attack at the very dignity of our humanity and might be threatening our eternal soul.’
It is Professor Groves, advisor to the UKs Foreign Secretary, and a confirmed atheist, who researches the Order’s creed;
Samuel Shepherd is the figurehead who challenges his acolytes basic beliefs and inserts his own philosophies and prophecies into their susceptible minds;
Dr Marsha Davenport his geneticist follower, rails against over-population and is the one giving direction to the Order.________________________________________________