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Assalamu Alaykum
The following questions about genetic engineering were kindly answered by
Shaykh Odeh Muhawesh.

Salaams
Ummulbanin Merali - Acting Moderator - [ABDG-A]

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I have a few questions relating to genetic engineering.
i) it is permissible in a general sens?

Answer: Every situation has it's own rule, general sense rullings do not apply.

ii) you might be familiar with recent reports about the breeding of pigs 
as organ donors, which has been approved by the BMA - would it be 
permissible for a muslim who needs an organ to take an organ which has 
been grown in a pig's body?

Answer: According to our 'Ulema, if this means life or death, or if not
doing so, harms ones life, then it is permissible under "The most
important, then the important" and "ethterar, or being forced to do so",
remember that pig is halal if one does not find food and is in danger of
dying.. 

iii) if one extracts genes from a pig to reconstitute foodstuffs in some 
manufacturing process, is that food halal?


Answer: Extract is the key word here. if a substance is extracted without going
through a chemical or other changes which modify it's nature to render it
something else, then it is haraam.

Allah knows best
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