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I'll be a monkey's uncle: a moral challenge to human genetic enhancement research.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Rosoff, PM
Published in: J Med Ethics
October 2011

The potential for genetic engineering of enhancements to complex human traits has been the subject of vigorous debate for a number of years. Most of the discussion has centered on the possible moral consequences of pursuing enhancements, especially those that might affect complex behaviours and components of personality. Little has been written on the actual process of implementing this technology. This paper presents a 'thought experiment' about the likely form of final preclinical testing for a technology to enhance intelligence as a prototypical multiplex trait. The significance and the potential dangers of implementing enhancements in humans, especially to highly valued traits such as intelligence, would mandate a thorough programme of testing in animals, including non-human primates such as chimpanzees. The implications this would have for researchers, society and, most importantly, the animals themselves are discussed, and the paper concludes with a suggestion for a morally justifiable approach to resolve the tragic question of what to do with research animals who have a cognitive capacity that is close to that of humans.

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J Med Ethics

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EISSN

1473-4257

Publication Date

October 2011

Volume

37

Issue

10

Start / End Page

611 / 615

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Research Subjects
  • Pan troglodytes
  • Moral Obligations
  • Humans
  • Human Rights
  • Haplorhini
  • Genetic Enhancement
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Applied Ethics
  • Animals
 

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Rosoff, P. M. (2011). I'll be a monkey's uncle: a moral challenge to human genetic enhancement research. J Med Ethics, 37(10), 611–615. https://doi.org/10.1136/jme.2010.042226
Rosoff, Philip M. “I'll be a monkey's uncle: a moral challenge to human genetic enhancement research.J Med Ethics 37, no. 10 (October 2011): 611–15. https://doi.org/10.1136/jme.2010.042226.
Rosoff, Philip M. “I'll be a monkey's uncle: a moral challenge to human genetic enhancement research.J Med Ethics, vol. 37, no. 10, Oct. 2011, pp. 611–15. Pubmed, doi:10.1136/jme.2010.042226.

Published In

J Med Ethics

DOI

EISSN

1473-4257

Publication Date

October 2011

Volume

37

Issue

10

Start / End Page

611 / 615

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Research Subjects
  • Pan troglodytes
  • Moral Obligations
  • Humans
  • Human Rights
  • Haplorhini
  • Genetic Enhancement
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Applied Ethics
  • Animals