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Kathryn Hinsch Loves Designer Babies

…Not creating them, that is, but using the issue as a stepping stone into complex bioethics issues we have to address now or will have to tackle in the near future. From her post at the Women’s Bioethics Blog:

Moving forward
As we discuss genetic modification, we must remember that this not just an interesting a moral philosophical exercise—our elected representatives will be developing a national science policy on the use of genetic modification technologies in the next few years. As citizens, we’ll be asked to vote on the use of these technologies. What factors do we want policy makers to keep in mind as they decide the future of genetic engineering? There are several policy options to consider:

Banning – Should we ban it? The use of this technology is currently not prohibited in the US, Russia, and China. While many countries are currently considering legislation that would ban genetic modification of children, it has been fully banned in 44 countries around the world, including Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Costa Rica and Japan.

Her point is that the currency of the topic as a conversation starter presents an opportunity to get people engaged in the public policy decisions the U.S. and other governments will have to make about the limits we want to place on reproductive technologies. Check out her other thoughts here. (Hinsch is a member of the SP Advisory Board.)

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