Lessons: Unlearned and Learned

I believe that there are lessons that can be learnt from the points made in my work. In doing so, however, there is a need to first ‘unlearn’ some misconceptions and judgments. I argue that the regulation of prospective pre-implantation genetic interventions is a near-distant one that will prove to be extremely challenging and divisive. Such is the length and breadth of ethical, legal and social implications (ELSIs) provoked by the possibilities of future developments, that it is hard to see the forest from the trees. Since biotechnologies have made their mark on humanity generally, these challenges will continue to mount. It is, however, possible to temper these fires by unlearning and learning notions of what we may be used to. Ultimately, the outcomes that are hoped for include the following: firstly, a reinterpretation of the meaning of eugenics in contemporary settings; secondly, strong governance, stable legal and/or regulatory frameworks and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pin Lean Lau
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  1. 1.Central European UniversityBudapestHungary

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