From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice
- By: Adrian M Viens
The Human Genome Project has the potential to be the most revolution. ary development in medical research and practice. But it also has its hazards. From the late 19th to early 20th centuries, countries such as the United States, England, and Germany attempted to use genetic information to improve society by enforcing eugenic policies. These included such abuses as forced sterilisation, abortion, and murder of individuals based on racial and class purity. The “old genetics” focused on exclusion and subjective notions of normality. The proponents of the “new genetics” maintain that the language associated with the project is that of inclusion and objective notions of disease. It is difficult to be sure that we will not repeat the same mistakes.
From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice brings together top minds in the field of bioethics to tackle some of the biggest problems facing society. They deal with topics such