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Different Methods of Human Genetic Modification and their Ethical Issues

Title: Different Methods of Human Genetic Modification and their Ethical Issues.
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Name(s): Hollifield, Emily, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This essay focuses on the various types of and motives for genetic modification and their implications. The two main delineations are medical and cosmetic genetic engineering. This essay argues for medical engineering, while arguing against cosmetic engineering. Medical engineering refers to the prevention of genetic diseases and congenital conditions. Some objections that arise are the fear over methods of implementation and the difficulty of what constitutes a disease or disability and the fear of ensuing discrimination. Cosmetic engineering is the modification of the genome for the specific purpose of changing a physical attribute or talent, such as athleticism or intelligence. It detracts from what being human means, as well as bringing up the issue of "designer babies" and "savior siblings." The objections to this are that physical attributes are only part of being human and that because there is no one concept of ideal, "designer babies" wouldn't be all the same. This essay also briefly discusses the options of non- human genetic alterations and the implications that would further arise.
Identifier: FSU_migr_phi2630-0016 (IID)
Keywords: ethics, bioethics, genetics, eugenics, genetic modification, designer babies
Note: © 2013, Emily Hollifield
Subject(s): Political ethics
Philosophy
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_phi2630-0016
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Ethical Issues and Life Choices (PHI2630).

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Hollifield, E. (2013). Different Methods of Human Genetic Modification and their Ethical Issues. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_phi2630-0016