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Germ-line angst and uncertain futures

ContributorsMauron, Alex
Published inPolitics and the life sciences, vol. 13, no. 2, p. 230-232
Publication date1994

Andrea Bonnicksen's contribution (1994) to the political debate on human germ-line gene therapy contains important words of caution against over­hasty, worldwide, anticipatory regulation of this still­futuristic practice and argues persuasively that individual nations provide a more appropria te forum for debate and regulation at the present time. However, some will probably wonder whether germ-line therapy is a debatable issue at all. While many ethicists have seized upon the tapie of germ-line therapy as a fascinating opportunity. to discuss basic ethical problems, such as our responsibility for the genetic health.offuture gener­ations, scientific opinion remains deeply divided as to its prospects as a workable therapeutic approach even in the remote future.

  • Biomedical technology
  • Europe
  • Genetic therapy
  • Germ cells
  • Government regulation
  • Humans
  • International cooperation
  • Internationality
  • Politics
  • Public policy
  • Reproductive techniques assisted
  • Social control formal
  • Social responsibility
  • Socioeconomic factors
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MAURON, Alex. Germ-line angst and uncertain futures. In: Politics and the life sciences, 1994, vol. 13, n° 2, p. 230–232.
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