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HUMN_432_Team_E_Final_Draft_Paper_Wk 6 - Israel and Genetic...

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Israel and Genetic Research in Medicine 1 Running header: ISRAEL AND GENETIC RESEARCH IN MEDICINE Israel and Genetic Research in Medicine Timothy Wheeler for Team E April 11, 2010 DeVry University Online
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Israel and Genetic Research in Medicine 2 Introduction by Timothy Wheeler Israel is a country rich in history and culture. In its brief sixty-two year modern history the State of Israel has grown into a global technology leader, making substantial contributions to technological advancements that have benefited many other nations while serving to advance its own culture. The nation’s highly advanced technology extends to telecommunications, military, as well as hardware and software development for personal, business and medical applications. Israel is actively involved in medical research including genetic and stem cell research. This paper will discuss the history and culture of the State of Israel, and the history and development of genetic and stem cell research as it applies to medicine. The next section will examine how this bio-science has impacted Israel as well as how Israel’s contributions have helped other countries. Finally, consideration will be given to the moral and ethical issues generated by the science, looking at how Israel has dealt with these issues. Israel: Its history and culture by Timothy Wheeler In the article, Facts about Israel: History published by the ministry of foreign affairs it is stated that “Above all archaeological research clearly reveals the historical link between the Jewish people, the Bible and the Land of Israel” (Facts About Israel: History, 2008, para. 3). The book of Genesis tells the story of Israel’s history which begins with a promise made to Abraham regarding a nation and the Promised Land. Abraham, his son Isaac, and grandson Jacob (or Israel) are the Patriarchs of the Jewish people. Their early history is marked by wandering and slavery. After 400 years of slavery in Egypt “the Israelites were led to freedom by Moses who, according to the biblical narrative, was chosen by God to take his people out of Egypt, and back to the land of Israel promised to their forefathers” (History: Biblical Times, 2008, para. 3). The Jews first entered the land under Joshua around 1300 BC. The next seven
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Israel and Genetic Research in Medicine 3 centuries were marked by conflict with their neighbors and themselves. After the death of King Solomon the nation divided into the northern and southern kingdoms. In 722 BC the people of the northern kingdom were defeated by the Assyrians and were never to be heard from again. Approximately 100 years later the southern kingdom would be defeated and led to captivity by the Babylonians. The nation would not know sovereignty again until May, 1948. The period between would be marked by a long string of foreign domination. At the end of the 19
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