In both its deliberate and accidental guises, human germline genetic modification raises several vexing bioethical issues, including questions of responsibility towards future generations, difficulties of distinction between gene therapy and genetic enhancement, and the spectre of eugenics. It appears inevitable that both technology and genetic knowledge will advance to the point at which potential human germline genetic modification applications become real possibilities. It would be unethical to proscribe medically effective and safe human germline genetic modification.
|Title of host publication||Trends in gene therapy research|
|Editors||Grace W. Redberry|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers Inc|
|Number of pages||21|
|ISBN (Print)||9781594543067, 1594543062|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
Smith, K. R. (2005). Human germline genetic modification: a utilitarian bioethical perspective. In G. W. Redberry (Ed.), Trends in gene therapy research (pp. 147-167). New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc.