Genetic Morality

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Peter Lang, 2006 - Medical - 211 pages
Cloning, embryo research and genetic modification are three of the most controversial issues of our time. Is it ethical to use cloning as a means of reproduction? Are embryos people? Is there a difference between removing genetic disease and creating «designer babies»? This book will attempt to show that these and other problems are ultimately resolvable, given careful and unbiased application of established ethical principles, many of which underlie common morality. These principles, when applied to the problems of the new genetic technologies, form the basis of a new genetic morality. This book applies established principles of biomedical ethics to the new genetic technologies and examines the ethical implications of reproductive and therapeutic cloning, genetic modification and stem cell research from a deontological and a rule-utilitarian perspective. Finally, it seeks to establish what, if anything, is wrong with each of these practices, and why.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter
8
The Right to Genetic Individuality
20
Human Dignity
42
Psychological Harm to Clones
58
Chapter 2
77
The Mind Argument
91
Future Persons and Moral Time
104
Protecting the Embryo
118
Eugenics
125
The Presumed Consent Argument
139
Genetic Engineering and Justice
163
Conclusion of Reproductive Cloning
177
Appendix I
191
Bibliography
207
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About the author (2006)

The Author: Born in Scotland in 1977, David Shaw obtained an M.A. in Philosophy and English Literature at the University of Glasgow, a teaching qualification from the University of Strathclyde and an MSc in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, before moving to Switzerland to study for his doctorate at the University of Lausanne. His main interests are medical ethics and moral philosophy, although he has also written on political and social philosophy.

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