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Sutton, Agneta (2016) Germ-line Gene Editing: What are the Social and Moral Risks? Medicina e Morale : Rivista internazionale di Bioetica, 65 (2), pp. 123-130. [Journal Article]

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    Abstract

    Should we welcome all developments in gene editing? Somatic cell gene editing would be on a par with conventional therapies aimed at treating particular conditions or alleviating symptoms. It would solely affect the individual patient treated. It could thus serve as a welcome new kind of treatment for cancers and blood diseases such as ß-thalassaemia. Germ-line gene editing, on the other hand, would have hereditary effects. This raises special concerns about medical mishaps. Medical risks are, however, not the only kinds of risks in the case of germline gene editing. Discussed here are not the medical risks, but the social and moral risks of germ-line-gene editing.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Medicina e Morale : Rivista internazionale di Bioetica
    Keywords: gene editing, embryo, germ-line, negative eugenics, positive eugenics
    Department: Pastoral and Social Studies
    Depositing User: Vicky Rowley
    Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 12:09
    Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 12:09
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2460

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