Why We Should Defend Gene Editing as Eugenics.

@article{Agar2019WhyWS,
  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},
  year={2019},
  volume={28 1},
  pages={
          9-19
        }
}
  • N. Agar
  • Published 20 December 2018
  • Medicine
  • Cambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics : CQ : the international journal of healthcare ethics committees
This paper considers the relevance of the concept of "eugenics,"-a term associated with some of the most egregious crimes of the twentieth century-to the possibility of editing human genomes. The author identifies some uses of gene editing as eugenics but proposes that this identification does not suffice to condemn them. He proposes that we should distinguish between "morally wrong" practices, which should be condemned, and "morally problematic" practices that call for solutions, and he… 
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