The wisdom of caution: Genetic enhancement and future children

Science and Engineering Ethics 15 (4):517-530 (2009)

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Jason Borenstein
Georgia Institute of Technology
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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.
Keywords Genetic enhancement  Reproductive ethics  Libertarianism  Assisted reproductive technology
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-009-9183-9
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