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Germ-Line Intervention and Our Responsibilities to Future Generations : Philosophy and Medicine - Emmanuel Agius

Germ-Line Intervention and Our Responsibilities to Future Generations

Philosophy and Medicine

By: Emmanuel Agius (Editor), S. Busuttil (Editor)

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Published: 31st December 1997
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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.

Foreword
Introduction
From Laboratory to Germ-Line Therapy
Screening for Genetic Diseases: What Are the Moral Constraints?
The Moral Status of the Human Genome
The Concept of Human Nature: Theological and Secular Perspectives
The Zen World and the Mental Genes
Moral Reasoning in Bioethics and Posterity
Redesigning the Human Genome: Are There Constraints from Nature?
Human Nature Genetically Re-engineered: Moral Responsibilities to Future Generations
Genetic Interventions and the Common Heritage View
Patenting Life: Our Responsibilities to Present and Future Generations
Should We Treat the Human Germ-Line as a Global Human Resource?
Social Responsibilities of Geneticists Toward Future Generations
Germ-Line Engineering as the Eugenics of the Future
Guardianship by Peer Review in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Are We Our Descendants' Keepers?
The Unknowable Effects of Genetic Interventions on Future Generations (Or, Who Guards the Genetic Engineers in Democratic Republics?)
Homo Propheticus
Notes on Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9780792348283
ISBN-10: 0792348281
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 177
Published: 31st December 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.02