Genome editing and assisted reproduction:Curing embryos, society or prospective parents?

Cavaliere, Giulia (2018) Genome editing and assisted reproduction:Curing embryos, society or prospective parents? Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 21 (2). pp. 215-225. ISSN 1386-7423

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Abstract

This paper explores the ethics of introducing genome-editing technologies as a new reproductive option. In particular, it focuses on whether genome editing can be considered a morally valuable alternative to preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Two arguments against the use of genome editing in reproduction are analysed, namely safety concerns and germline modification. These arguments are then contrasted with arguments in favour of genome editing, in particular with the argument of the child’s welfare and the argument of parental reproductive autonomy. In addition to these two arguments, genome editing could be considered as a worthy alternative to PGD as it may not be subjected to some of the moral critiques moved against this technology. Even if these arguments offer sound reasons in favour of introducing genome editing as a new reproductive option, I conclude that these benefits should be balanced against other considerations. More specifically, I maintain that concerns regarding the equality of access to assisted reproduction and the allocation of scarce resources should be addressed prior to the adoption of genome editing as a new reproductive option.

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Journal Article
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Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
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136597
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Deposited On:
09 Sep 2019 15:40
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Yes
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Published
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01 Dec 2020 07:25