Re-interpreting some common objections to three transgenic applications: GM foods, xenotransplantation and germ line gene modification (GLGM)
- Lucy Carter
- Transgenic Research
Improving Nature? is guided by a simple set of premises t h a t the science o f genetic engineering is essential to discussing its ethics and, moreover, that a coherent set o f ethical principles cannot be developed solely from scientific comprehension. This stance is sensible, if not selfevident, in the examination o f any new technology. 3 The authors, Michael Reiss, a biologist at Cambridge University, and Roger Straughan, a moral philosopher at the University of Reading, would seem an apropos pair to tackle genetic engineering 4 from this integrdted science and ethics approach. But while each contributes hear t i lyto introducing the science o f genetic engineering and philosophical ethics as separate topics, their resulting application o f this hybrid method is generally too cursor~ to be useful.