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On the very idea of genetic justice: why Farrelly’s pluralistic prioritarianism cannot tackle genetic complexity

quarta-feira 27 de Julho de 2011, por Michele loi

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Innovations in science and technology are often the source of public concern, but few have generated debates as intense and at the same time with such a popular fascination as those surrounding genetic technologies. Unequal access to pre-implantation diagnosis could give some individuals the opportunity to select children with more advantageous predispositions. Genetic therapies and enhancements (improvements of healthy characteristics) involving changes in germ-line cells (egg or sperm cells, or their precursors) could lead to inheritable genetic advantage, and then, to an accumulation of natural advantage along lineages.2 Unequal access to genetic technology could contribute to an increase in existing social inequalities, by intensifying congenital inequalities, which would lead to significant competitive disadvantages for the socially and economically disadvantaged members of society.

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