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This paper considers genetic engineering in the context of Buddhist ethics. Rather than considering a standard set of ethical approaches, this paper instead uses the “fox koan” of Zen Buddhism to explore the dynamics and consequences of the “genetic project”. Focussing particularly on the prospect of an unbounded and unlimited dissolution of hitherto assumed boundaries, it argues that current “disembedding” of genetic information is analogous to the denial of karma as presented in the fox koan. This provides a different entry into ethical evaluation from a Buddhist perspective,

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This paper considers genetic engineering in the context of Buddhist ethics. Rather than considering a standard set of ethical approaches, this paper instead uses the “fox koan” of Zen Buddhism to explore the dynamics and consequences of the “genetic project”. Focussing particularly on the prospect of an unbounded and unlimited dissolution of hitherto assumed boundaries, it argues that current “disembedding” of genetic information is analogous to the denial of karma as presented in the fox koan. This provides a different entry into ethical evaluation from a Buddhist perspective,

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