The wisdom of caution: Genetic enhancement and future children

Title: The wisdom of caution: Genetic enhancement and future children
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: December 2009
Published In: Science and Engineering Ethics
Publisher Springer

Many scholars predict that the technology to modify unborn children genetically is on the horizon. According to supporters of genetic enhancement, allowing parents to select a child's traits will enable him/her to experience a better life. Following their logic, the technology will not only increase our knowledge base and generate cures for genetic illness, but it may enable us to increase the intelligence, strength, and longevity of future generations as well. Yet it must be examined whether supporters of genetic enhancement, especially libertarians, adequately appreciate the ethical hazards emerging from the technology, including whether its use might violate the harm principle. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009.

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Science and Engineering Ethics. 15. Issue 4. 517 - 530. ISSN 1353-3452. DOI 10.1007/s11948-009-9183-9.

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