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Rethinking Reprogenetics: Enhancing Ethical Analyses of Reprogenetic Technologies (Hardback)
  • Rethinking Reprogenetics: Enhancing Ethical Analyses of Reprogenetic Technologies (Hardback)

Rethinking Reprogenetics: Enhancing Ethical Analyses of Reprogenetic Technologies (Hardback)

Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 08/12/2016
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Reprogenetic technologies, which combine the power of reproductive techniques with the tools of genetic science and technology, promise prospective parents a remarkable degree of control to pick and choose the likely characteristics of their offspring. Not only can they select embryos with or without particular genetically-related diseases and disabilities but also choose embryos with non-disease related traits such as sex. Prominent authors such as Agar, Buchanan, DeGrazia, Green, Harris, Robertson, Savulescu, and Silver have flocked to the banner of reprogenetics. For them, increased reproductive choice and reduced suffering through the elimination of genetic disease and disability are just the first step. They advocate use of these technologies to create beings who enjoy longer and healthier lives, possess greater intellectual capacities, and are capable of more refined emotional experiences. Indeed, Harris and Savulescu in particular take reprogenetic technologies to be so valuable to human

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190460204
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 452 g
Dimensions: 212 x 156 x 26 mm

In my opinion, the combination of [the] different perspectives offered by [Inmaculada de Melo-Martin] results in a more enriching analysis for the reader, since it puts on the table an ethical discussion of tensions in the applications and use of reprogenetics, while revealing the absence of the gender vision that reprogenetics advocates. These crossfertilizations between ethics, feminist theory, and science, technology, and society studies bring to light problems that are obscured by androcentric and technoptimistic visions of reprogenetics, especially given their dominance. * Natalia Fernandez-Jimeno, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics *
Enthusiasts about emerging reprogenetic technologies tend to dismiss critics as irrational, religious, or reactionary. In this bold new book, Inmaculada de Melo-Martin offers a rational, secular, and progressive critique of reprogenetic enthusiasm. In particular, she argues for an approach that takes women's experience seriously, that takes the value-ladenness of technologies seriously, and that questions the assumption that more technological choices mean more genuine flourishing." - Erik Parens, The Hastings Center
This is a book I have long been wishing for, a book that directly confronts the "enthusiasts" (especially Julian Savulescu and John Harris) regarding reproductive genetic technologies and offers a sober, nuanced response, one that highlights important gendered and societal aspects of the debate * Sara Goering, Hypatia Reviews Online *

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