Germ-Line Intervention and Our Responsibilities to Future Generations

Germ-Line Intervention and Our Responsibilities to Future Generations

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In contemporary ethical discussion widespread concern about the potential risks of genetic engineering is raising new and fundamental questions about our responsibilities towards unborn generations. Newly acquired knowledge in genetic engineering techniques has brought about not only potential benefits but also immense risks for the well-being of both present and future generations. This book raises a number of ethical issues concerning the impact of genetic engineering on generations yet to be born. The four topical areas that constitute the focus of the volume, namely (1) from laboratory to germ-line therapy, (2) the concept of human nature: theological and secular perspectives, (3) genetic intervention and the common heritage view, and (4) social responsibilities of geneticists towards future generations, raise intriguing ethical and legal questions, as well as important policy issues. As much as any set of issues, they reflect the hopes and fears, prejudices and uncertainties that people associate with germ-line intervention and the future of human kind.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 177 pages
  • 154.9 x 223.5 x 20.3mm | 430.92g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1998 ed.
  • XIV, 177 p.
  • 0792348281
  • 9780792348283

Table of contents

Foreword; L. Galea. Introduction; E. Agius. Part I: From Laboratory to Germ-Line Therapy. Screening for Genetic Diseases: What Are the Moral Constraints? A. Cuschieri. The Moral Status of the Human Genome; A. Deepandung, W.T. Noonpakdee. Part II: The Concept of Human Nature: Theological and Secular Perspectives. The Zen World and the Mental Genes; K. Inoue. Moral Reasoning in Bioethics and Posterity; S. Privitera. Redesigning the Human Genome: Are There Constraints from Nature? K.Wm. Wildes. Human Nature Genetically Re-engineered: Moral Responsibilities to Future Generations; H.T. Engelhardt, Jr. Part III: Genetic Interventions and the Common Heritage View. Patenting Life: Our Responsibilities to Present and Future Generations; E. Agius. Should We Treat the Human Germ-Line as a Global Human Resource? E.T. Juengst. Part IV: Social Responsibilities of Geneticists Toward Future Generations. Germ-Line Engineering as the Eugenics of the Future; Qiu Renzong. Guardianship by Peer Review in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology; A.E. Felice. Are We Our Descendants' Keepers? D. Heyd. The Unknowable Effects of Genetic Interventions on Future Generations (Or, Who Guards the Genetic Engineers in Democratic Republics?); S.F. Spicker. Homo Propheticus; U.M. Bonnici. Notes on Contributors. Index.
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