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Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing

Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston


The potential use of CRISPR-Cas9 and other new gene editing technologies to alter the DNA of human beings raises a host of questions. Some questions are about safety: Can these technologies be deployed without posing an unreasonable risk of physical harm to current and future generations? Can all physical risks be adequately assessed and responsibly managed? Gene editing technologies also raise other, equally if not more difficult, questions that touch on deeply held, personal, cultural, and societal values: Might such technologies redefine what it means to be healthy, normal, or cherished? Mi ... More

Keywords: gene editing, flourishing, ethics, bioethics, biopolitics, genetics, CRISPR, human dignity, disability, diversity

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190940362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190940362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Parens, editor
Senior Researcher, The Hastings Center

Josephine Johnston, editor
Director of Research and Research Scholar, The Hastings Center

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Part I What Is Human Flourishing?

1 Welcoming the Unexpected

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Part II The Value of Acceptance

6 Can We Care about Nature?

Gregory E. Kaebnick

Part III Is Control the Key to Flourishing?

7 Do More Choices Lead to More Flourishing?

Sheena Iyengar and Tucker Kuman1

9 Parental Responsibility and Gene Editing

Nicole A Vincent1 and Emma A. Jane

Part IV Balancing Acceptance and Control

10 Choice, Chance, and Acceptance

Jackie Leach Scully

Part V Flourishing Together

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