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practice of their vocations as geneticists and theologians. But perhaps the
stimulation results also from being carried along, giddily, by the flow of
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Book title: Changing Nature's Course:The Ethical Challenge of Biotechnology.
Contributors: Gerhold K. Becker - Editor, James P. Buchanan - Editor.
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press.
Place of publication: Hong Kong.
Publication year: 1996.
Page number: 168.
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