HUMAN REPRODUCTION AND GENETIC ETHICS
Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths and Dogmas
Ronald A. Lyndsay
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Few areas of public policy have been fraught with as much controversy as bioethics.
Each novel development in biomedical technology seems to spark rancorous disputes.
Those averse to new technologies often express the concern that the new technology is
“unnatural” or requires society to “play God.”
The book entitled Future Bioethics is an ambitious piece of work that seeks to reframe
the debates surrounding current controversies in bioethics. Carefully examining and
dissecting claims made by many policy makers and ethicists on topics such as assistance
in dying, genetic engineering, and embryonic stem cell research, bioethicist Ronald A.
Lindsay discusses each issue in turn.
After suggesting a detailed way to approach and resolve a dispute in bioethics,
Lindsay proceeds to analyse several different cutting-edge issues. Through his analysis,
he also indicates how to achieve pragmatic, progressive solutions to these controversies.
It is thus suggested that, Future Bioethics may help to illuminate the way forward to
bioethical policies appropriate for the 21st century.
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Decisive biotechnological interventions in the lottery of human life (to enhance bodies
and brains and perhaps irreversibly change genetic makeup) have been widely rejected as
unethical and undesirable, and have often met with extreme hostility. But in Enhancing
Evolution, leading bioethicist John Harris questions objections to genetic engineering,
stem-cell research, designer babies, and cloning to make a fort