Genetic Justice: Identity and Equality in the Biotech Age


As genetic technologies merge with forensics, medicine, and human reproduction, renewed eugenic temptations are arising. The prospect of heritable genetic modification has been debated for decades; the prevailing position in international policy and human rights documents has been that, due to its numerous safety and social risks, it should be legally off limits. The question is now at a tipping point. With decisive action, we can avoid this threat to the future of equality.

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Hasson, K., Darnovsky, M. Genetic Justice: Identity and Equality in the Biotech Age. Development 63, 140–144 (2020).

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  • DNA
  • Genetic testing
  • Heritable genome editing
  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
  • Eugenics