Rabbi Avraham Steinberg

Modern Genetics and Halachic Ramifications

Short abstract:

There are numerous halachic considerations regarding the tremendous advancements in genetics. I shall discuss three major issues:

(a) identification – the halachic reliability of DNA concerning different scenarios, i.e., fatherhood, agunah, burial, Jewish gene and others;

(b) prevention – the use of genetic knowledge to prevent the birth of seriously disabled children, mitochondria replacement, BRCA gene and others;

(c) treatment – gene editing and gene engineering.