Can 'eugenics' be defended?

Walter Veit, Jonathan Anomaly, Nicholas Agar, Peter Singer, Diana S. Fleischman, Francesca Minerva

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Abstract

In recent years, bioethical discourse around the topic of 'genetic enhancement' has become increasingly politicized. We fear there is too much focus on the semantic question of whether we should call particular practices and emerging bio-technologies such as CRISPR 'eugenics', rather than the more important question of how we should view them from the perspective of ethics and policy. Here, we address the question of whether 'eugenics' can be defended and how proponents and critics of enhancement should engage with each other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
JournalMonash Bioethics Review
Volume39
Issue number1
Early online date25 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • CRISPR
  • embryo selection
  • enhancement
  • ethics
  • eugenics
  • gene editing
  • human enhancement

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