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The Inevitability of Genetic Enhancement Technologies

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ABSTRACT

We outline a number of ethical objections to genetic technologies aimed at enhancing human capacities and traits. We then argue that, despite the persuasiveness of some of these objections, they are insufficient to stop the development and use of genetic enhancement technologies. We contend that the inevitability of the technologies results from a particular guiding worldview of humans as masters of the human evolutionary future, and conclude that recognising this worldview points to new directions for ethical thinking about genetic enhancement technologies.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2004.00376.x

Affiliations: Department of Bioethics Department of Philosophy Dalhousie University Halifax Nova Scotia

Publication date: February 1, 2004

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