Human Rights and Human Enhancement: Is genetic modification of people moral?
Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am
Human Rights and Human Enhancement: Is genetic modification of people moral?: "They argue that future genetically enhanced children will not have given their consent to be enhanced. Is this a showstopper? After all, obtaining the informed consent of patients before they receive treatments is a bedrock principle of bioethics and clearly future children cannot give their consent to enhancement because they do not yet exist. First, keep firmly in mind that none of us gave our consent to be born, much less to be born with the specific complement of randomly conferred genes (both good and bad) that we bear. In that moral respect, future genetically enhanced children are no different than non-genetically engineered children today." If I had a choice, I would have liked to be born with genes which allowed me to be more athletic and more intelligent !