Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 85–90 | Cite as

Inmaculada de Melo-Martín: Rethinking reprogenetics: enhancing ethical analyses of reprogenetic technologies. Oxford University Press, New York, 2017, 288 pp, ISBN 9780190460204

  • Natalia Fernández-JimenoEmail author

In her book Rethinking Reprogenetics, Inmaculada de Melo-Martín questions the enthusiastic vision of reprogenetics advocated by bioethicists in recent decades. Her clear and orderly reasoning responds to those arguments, delving deep into discussion with John Harris, Julian Savulescu, Nicholas Agar, Allen Buchanan, John Robertson, David DeGrazia, and Lee Silver. The author approaches this issue from a philosophical viewpoint, focusing on ethical matters in scientific and technological knowledge, its practices, and its limits. Contrary to “the enthusiastic reprogenetics supporters” (p. 14), she incorporates a feminist perspective into her analysis, which she uses to show how women have been omitted from the discussion. This oversight makes the hierarchies that exist between women and men invisible, and it obscures the role that women play in implementations of and decisions about these technologies as well as the influence of patriarchal values in the social construction of scientific...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Filosofía, Facultad de Filosofía y LetrasUniversity of OviedoOviedoSpain

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