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The Human Gene Editing Debate

John H. Evans


Scholars have been debating the ethics of what is now called human gene editing for more than 60 years. This innovative book examines the historical debate and finds that it is set up as a slippery slope, with the ethically consensual acts of human gene editing at the top and the Brave New World or Gattaca at the dystopian bottom. More importantly, what stops the debate from slipping down the slope into unacceptable acts are agreed upon limits, which this book describes as barriers on the slope. The book describes what makes weak and strong barriers, and it shows how the first barriers were bu ... More

Keywords: human gene editing, human genetic engineering, slippery slope, public bioethical debate, bioethics, somatic, germline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197519561
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197519561.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John H. Evans, author
Tata Chancellor's Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics, University of California, San Diego