Can ‘eugenics’ be defended?

Monash Bioethics Review 39 (1):60-67 (2021)
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In recent years, bioethical discourse around the topic of ‘genetic enhancement’ has become increasingly politicized. We fear there is too much focus on the semantic question of whether we should call particular practices and emerging bio-technologies such as CRISPR ‘eugenics’, rather than the more important question of how we should view them from the perspective of ethics and policy. Here, we address the question of whether ‘eugenics’ can be defended and how proponents and critics of enhancement should engage with each other.

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Nick Agar
Victoria University of Wellington
Jonathan Anomaly
Duke University
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