Is genetic engineering allowed in Islam?

Short Answer

Changing the genes in the cell of a plant, animal or human is allowed if it is for a good purpose, such as treating a hereditary disease. However, modifying genetic material for purposes of eugenics or to produce hybrid organisms for entertainment/curiosity is prohibited. There is a potential unknown long-term harm associated with such modification that could affect the environment, crops, animals, and humans and therefore all genetically modified organisms should be labeled as such so that people know what they are buying.

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