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Being Born with Dignity: Selecting the Genetic Characteristics of Offspring

Beryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword

in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198268260
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268260.003.0008

Series: Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Being Born with Dignity: Selecting the Genetic Characteristics of Offspring

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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

Chapter.  13150 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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