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Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw$
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Beyleveld Deryck

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268260.001.0001

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Being Born with Dignity: Selecting the Genetic Characteristics of Offspring

Being Born with Dignity: Selecting the Genetic Characteristics of Offspring

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(p.144) (p.145) 7 Being Born with Dignity: Selecting the Genetic Characteristics of Offspring
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Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw
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Beryck Beyleveld

Roger Brownsword

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268260.003.0008

Developments in modern biotechnology and biomedical science enable those wanting children to select the genetic characteristics of their offspring. This chapter considers whether various means to select genes are contrary to human dignity. It assesses claims about what constitutes violation of human dignity that might be alleged to apply to one or more of the techniques of genetic selection. It focuses on reasons that have been given for why one or more techniques of selection are contrary to human dignity — that the technique involves killing a human being, or treating a human being as a means to the ends of others, or predetermining the characteristics of a human being.

Keywords:   biotechnology, biomedical science, genetic characteristics, offspring, human dignity, genetic selection

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