Choosing Our Children’s Genes: On the Need to Learn How People Choose

  • Mack LipkinJr.
  • Peter T. Rowley


Choosing our children’s genes involves major conflicts between the rights and needs of individuals and those of the other individuals called “society”. For example, is there a right to know of a genetic defect one may transmit? Is there a right not to know? If one chooses not to know, to what extent should society bear the consequences? If a couple knowingly takes a high risk and loses, producing a seriously ill child, does society have to help with the burden? Is it fair to the child for society not to help? Can the child sue the parents? Can society’s attempts at prevention, since they will always be imperfect, add to any genetic handicaps the additional handicaps of stigmatization?


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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mack LipkinJr.
    • 1
  • Peter T. Rowley
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Medicine and PsychiatryUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics and Division of GeneticsUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryUSA

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