GENES: CERTAIN FATE OF HUMAN? – SCIENTIFIC AND DIVINITY PERSPECTIVES
GENLER: DEĞİŞMEZ BİR KADER Mİ? – BİLİMSEL VE İLAHİ YAKLAŞIMLAR

Author : Selcen CELIK UZUNER
Number of pages : 85-96

Abstract

DNA is the static genetic code of human that provides the source of his all characteristics. However, DNA can be altered by chemical modifications that promote flexibility of genetic code by the regulation of gene activation or inactivation. DNA modifications, in contrast to genetic mutations, are reversible and stimulated by environmental factors, such lifestyle. The field that investigates these modifications is Epigenetics. From the view point of molecular biology, human is therefore authorized to manage his genetic code to some extent and these DNA modifications can represent free will of human; however DNA sequence represents the absolute will of God. In other words, God gives human a limited authorization and ability for controlling his fate. This article attempts to discuss whether our genes are controlled by ourselves in the light of current scientific findings, the related verses of Quran and philosophical approaches, and therefore aims to build a new bridge between science and religion.

Keywords

Epigenetics, Fate, Free Will, Absolute Will of God, Quran

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