Genes and Future People: Philosophical Issues in Human Genetics

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Westview Press, 2001 - Science - 216 pages
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Genes and Future People explores two general philosophical questions presented by human genetics, one metaphysical, the other moral: (1) How do genes, and different forms of genetic intervention (gene therapy, genetic enhancement, presymptomatic genetic testing of adults, genetic testing of preimplantation embryos), affect the identities of the people who already exist and those we bring into existence? and (2) How do these interventions benefit or harm the people we cause to exist in the near future as well as those who will exist in the distant future by satisfying or defeating their interest in having reasonably long and disease-free lives?

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Contents

Biology Metaphysics Morality
9
Genetic Information Obligation and
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Gene Therapy and Genetic Enhancement
79
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Walter Glannon received a BA from Duke University, a PhD in Spanish Literature from the Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in philosophy from Yale University. He has been a Killam Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics of the American Medical Association, and a Fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago. He is Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and Clinical Ethicist at the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal.

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