Genetic engineering has the right to exist, if we are talking about humans, says Professor-deacon

Moscow. July 14. INTERFAX – the head of the Kola science centre of RAS, head of the Department of crystallography, Institute of Earth Sciences SPbSU Professor Sergey Krivovichev, which also serves as a deacon in the St. Petersburg Church of the great Martyr Panteleimon, believes that experiments on the human genome do not follow the ban, because the obtained knowledge can be used in medicine.

“I think that genetic engineering, but rather therapy, has a right to exist, if we are talking about treating a person,” he said in an interview published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” on Friday.

At the same time, commenting on the experiences at the birth of children from three parents, against whom was made by the scientific-ethical Committee of the institution conducting the research, the scientist has noticed that “the creation of chimeras is hardly justified, and besides, still and dangerous.”

“There are sacred limits beyond which man can not go,” he said as he took to the field forbidden “everything connected with the secret identity, the secret of the human soul”.

“Here a person can not dispose at home, as it is beyond his comprehension. We don’t really know even ourselves – how can we do similar?” – ask an Orthodox Professor.

The head of the research center said that would not be able to cancel the experiments at his Institute, “as it is the scope of Russian legislation”.

The full interview, see the section “Monitoring of print media.”