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Genetic Ethics: An Introduction

Colin Farrelly



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Polity Press
04 December 2018
Philosophy; Ethics & moral philosophy; Ethical issues: scientific & technological developments; Medical ethics & professional conduct; Genetics (non-medical)
Advances in biomedical sciences have the potential to help societies achieve important moral goals, including equality of opportunity, reproductive freedom, healthy aging, and the prevention and treatment of disease. However, technological progressions such as genetic screening, gene therapy and genome editing also raise a host of ethical questions. Is the idea of 'genetically engineering' humans a morally objectionable form of 'eugenics'? Should parents undergoing IVF be permitted to screen embryos for the sex of their offspring prior to implantation? Would it be ethical to alter the rate at which humans age, when doing so would increase the number of years we can expect to live on a warming planet with a population exceeding seven billion people?

Genetic Ethics: An Introduction addresses these and other pressing concerns. Colin Farrelly encourages readers to think rationally and cogently about the ethical and societal challenges raised by the 'genetic revolution'. The chapters include discussions of eugenics, infectious and chronic disease, evolutionary biology, epigenetics, happiness, reproductive freedom and longevity. Farrelly deftly weaves together the work of philosophers such as Habermas, Sandel, Savulescu and others, whilst also offering an original and engaging moral analysis.

Accessible in tone and compellingly argued, this book is an ideal introduction for students of bioethics, applied ethics, biomedical sciences, and related courses in philosophy and life sciences.
By:   Colin Farrelly
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   338g
ISBN:   9780745695044
ISBN 10:   0745695043
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   04 December 2018
Audience:   Adult education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Colin Farrelly is Professor of Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada.

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