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Choosing ChildrenGenes, Disability, and Design$
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Jonathan Glover

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290925

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290925.001.0001

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Human Values and Genetic Design

Human Values and Genetic Design

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(p.73) Chapter Three Human Values and Genetic Design
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Choosing Children
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290925.003.0004

This chapter focuses on genetic enhancement, or ‘designer babies’, where genes are chosen not on medical grounds but with the aim of giving other kinds of benefit. It argues that crossing the boundary between medical intervention and enhancement is hard to rule out in principle. But genetic enhancement raises huge problems about its impact on society. There are problems about justice and about genetic competitiveness. Perhaps the deepest issue is whether there are parts of human nature that should be protected from the consequences of genetic choices. This is linked to the ancient philosophical question of what a good human life is.

Keywords:   genetic enhancement, designer babies, human life, quality of life, genetic choices

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