Why We Should Defend Gene Editing as Eugenics.

  title={Why We Should Defend Gene Editing as Eugenics.},
  author={Nicholas Agar},
  journal={Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees},
  volume={28 1},
  • N. Agar
  • Published 20 December 2018
  • Medicine
  • Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees
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