Germ-Line Intervention and our Responsibilities to Future Generations


1998 Kluwer Academic Publishers
Dordrecht/Boston/London pp 177
ISBN: 0-7923-4828-1

Edited by

Emmanuel Agius & Salvino Busuttil
in collaboration with
Tae-Chang Kim & Katsuhiko Yazaki



Contents Page
Foreword
Louis Galea
vii
Introduction
Emmanuel Agius
ix

Part I: From Laboratory to Germ-Line Therapy
Screening for Genetic Diseases:
What are the Moral Constraints?
Alfred Cuschieri
3
The Moral Status of the Human Genome
Attajinda Deepandung and Wilai T Noonpakdee
13

Part II: The Concept of Human Nature:
Theological and Secular Perspectives
The Zen World and the Mental Genes
Kido Inoue
21
Moral Reasoning in Bioethics and Posterity
Salvatore Privitera
27
Redesigning the Human Genome:
Are There Constraints from Nature?
Kevin Wm. Wildes
35
Human Nature Genetically Re-Engineered:
Moral Responsibilities to Future Generations
H Tristram Engelhardt Jr.
51

Part III: Genetic Interventions and the Common Heritage Law
Patenting Life:
Our Responsibilities to Present and Future Generations
Emmanuel Agius
67
Should We Treat the Human Germ-Line as a Global Human Resource?
Eric T Juengst
85

Part IV: Social Responsibilities of Geneticists Toward Future Generations
Germ-line Engineering as the Eugenics of the Future
Qiu Renzong
105
Guardianship by Peer Review in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Alex E Felice
117
Are We Descendantsí Keepers?
David Heyd
131
The Unknowable Effects of Genetic Interventions on Future Generations
(Or, Who Guards the Genetic Engineers in Democratic Republics?)
Stuart F Spicker
147
Home Propheticus
Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
165

Notes on Contributors
169

Index
171


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