Focus and scope: As the distant future of the 21st century wedged its way into the unforgiving past, thereby becoming our present; with it came unprecedented biological and technological discoveries. The convergence of inventions in these disciplines, while welcomed by most, has led to some degree of trepidation of nearly all. Fear of the unknown emerges as we struggle to create meaning to the familiar tune, Red, brown, yellow, black, and white, all are precious. Does the all now include that which is quietly dividing outside the home of a warm uterine lining? Does the all include those who need, but cannot afford to have the transplant, implant, or new identity? Are the all those who affirm choice? Or, does the all exclude those who exercise choice? Do we say hello or goodbye to Dolly? At what point does the gray turn to the more comforting zones of white and black for us? Or, will it ever? And, perhaps more importantly, should gray disappear? These and other issues are but tips of a burgeoning field of ethical issues for which health care providers, philosophers, scientists, theologians, politicians, attorneys, academicians, and other professionals, in addition to the public are forced to grapple with.
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