Pope decries discrimination based on genetics

VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday that any type of discrimination based on genetic factors, such as a risk for cancer or other ailments, is an attack against all of humanity.

Benedict praised the scientific progress that has enabled researchers to diagnose genetic illnesses and develop therapies to treat them.

But he warned that alongside this progress were “worrisome displays” of discrimination that privileged “efficiency, perfection and physical beauty at the expense of other forms of existence that are deemed unworthy.”

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