Germ-Line Intervention and Our Responsibilities to Future Generations

  • Emmanuel Agius
  • Salvino Busuttil

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. From Laboratory to Germ-Line Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Attajinda Deepandung, Wilai T. Noonpakdee
      Pages 13-18
  3. The Concept of Human Nature: Theological and Secular Perspectives

  4. Genetic Interventions and the Common Heritage View

  5. Social Responsibilities of Geneticists Toward Future Generations

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-177

About this book


In contemporary ethical discussion widespread concern about the potential risks of genetic engineering is raising new and fundamental questions about our responsibilities towards unborn generations. Newly acquired knowledge in genetic engineering techniques has brought about not only potential benefits but also immense risks for the well-being of both present and future generations. This book raises a number of ethical issues concerning the impact of genetic engineering on generations yet to be born. The four topical areas that constitute the focus of the volume, namely (1) from laboratory to germ-line therapy, (2) the concept of human nature: theological and secular perspectives, (3) genetic intervention and the common heritage view, and (4) social responsibilities of geneticists towards future generations, raise intriguing ethical and legal questions, as well as important policy issues. As much as any set of issues, they reflect the hopes and fears, prejudices and uncertainties that people associate with germ-line intervention and the future of human kind.


Ethical Issues Ethics Eugenics Moral bioethics biotechnology genetic engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Emmanuel Agius
    • 1
    • 2
  • Salvino Busuttil
    • 3
  1. 1.Moral Philosophy & TheologyUniversity of MaltaMalta
  2. 2.Future Generations ProgrammeUniversity of MaltaMalta
  3. 3.Foundation for International StudiesUniversity of MaltaMalta

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6164-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5149-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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