British archbishop says gene tampering is inhuman
Archbishop Murphy O'Connor has said that tampering with the genes of foetuses raises serious moral questions for the scientists involved.
He believes more restrictions should be in place before cells are extracted for health research.
He told the BBC: "Here we are dealing with something which touches human life at its very source. Are we going to allow practices which are going to diminish our humanity and not enhance it?"
He also criticised the work that lead to last week's announcement that scientists have genetically modified a monkey.
Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor said science should not go unchecked: "I do think that public opinion has not looked at all the consequences of this kind of genetic engineering.
"Do we want to start research which could eventually lead to genetically modified people?" he asked.