Rethinking Reprogenetics: Enhancing Ethical Analyses of Reprogenetic Technologies

Hardcover | November 15, 2016

byInmaculada de Melo-Martmn

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Reprogenetic technologies, which combine the power of reproductive techniques with the tools of genetic science and technology, promise prospective parents a remarkable degree of control to pick and choose the likely characteristics of their offspring. Not only can they select embryos with orwithout particular genetically-related diseases and disabilities but also choose embryos with non-disease related traits such as sex. Prominent authors such as Agar, Buchanan, DeGrazia, Green, Harris, Robertson, Savulescu, and Silver have flocked to the banner of reprogenetics. For them, increased reproductive choice and reduced suffering through the elimination of genetic disease and disability are just the first step. Theyadvocate use of these technologies to create beings who enjoy longer and healthier lives, possess greater intellectual capacities, and are capable of more refined emotional experiences. Indeed, Harris and Savulescu in particular take reprogenetic technologies to be so valuable to human beings thatthey have insisted that their use is not only morally permissible but morally required. Rethinking Reprogenetics challenges this mainstream view with a contextualised, gender-attentive philosophical perspective. De Melo-Martin demonstrates that you do not have to be a Luddite, social conservative, or religious zealot to resist the siren song of reprogenetics. Pointing out the flawednature of the arguments put forward by the technologies' proponents, Rethinking Reprogenetics reveals the problematic nature of the assumptions underpinning current evaluations of these technologies and offers a framework for a more critical and sceptical assessment.

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Reprogenetic technologies, which combine the power of reproductive techniques with the tools of genetic science and technology, promise prospective parents a remarkable degree of control to pick and choose the likely characteristics of their offspring. Not only can they select embryos with orwithout particular genetically-related disea...

Inmaculada de Melo-Martin is professor of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medicine. She holds as PhD in Philosophy and an M.S. in Biology. Her research focuses on ethical and epistemological issues related to biomedical sciences and technologies. She has published extensively on those topics in both philosophy and science journals.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"De Melo-Martin's philosophically acute and scientifically literate account of the ethics of the new reproductive technologies returns the interests of woman to the center of the debate about the future of reproduction where they belong. I cannot recommend it highly enough." --Robert Sparrow, Professor, Philosophy Program and Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University