October 10, 2019

Gen-ethics

Altered Inheritance
CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing

Our future belongs to all of us. Or maybe not? Maybe somebody could decide for us without noticing it?. The "decisions about the use of genetic technologies in humans are too important to be left to scientists", society has to achieve a broad consensus. Françoise Baylis in her new book sheds light on this issue. She explained his position in an article last spring and now she has published a remarkable book on ethics and genome editing. Her calls for an open and comprehensive international process to reach political, scientific, and social/ethical consensus on regulation of human genome editing have been  unattended up to now. Her ultimate goal:
I want to live in a world that promotes equity and justice and celebrates difference, a world where everyone matters. I want to live in a world where we embrace neighborliness, reciprocity, social solidarity, and community in pursuit of human flourishing and the common good. I want to live in a world where we value collegial as opposed to competitive relations. I don’t want to live in a world where a select, privileged few are able to inscribe their privilege in their DNA and thereby exacerbate unfair class divisions and other social injustices. For these reasons, I want for all of us to reflect on whether heritable human genome editing is a boon or a threat.
I agree. An essential reading highly recommended.