Human germline genetic modification: a utilitarian bioethical perspective

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends in gene therapy research
EditorsGrace W. Redberry
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers Inc
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781594543067, 1594543062
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Gene therapy - Research


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