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Behavioural genetics: why eugenic selection is preferable to enhancement.
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PMID:  17036429     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
Criminal behaviour is but one behavioural tendency for which a genetic influence has been suggested. Whilst this research certainly raises difficult ethical questions and is subject to scientific criticism, one recent research project suggests that for some families, criminal tendency might be predicted by genetics. In this paper, supposing this research is valid, we consider whether intervening in the criminal tendency of future children is ethically justifiable. We argue that, if avoidance of harm is a paramount consideration, such an intervention is acceptable when genetic selection is employed instead of genetic enhancement. Moreover, other moral problems in avoiding having children with a tendency to criminal behaviour, such as the prospect of social discrimination, can also be overcome.
Julian Savulescu; Melanie Hemsley; Ainsley Newson; Bennett Foddy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied philosophy     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0264-3758     ISO Abbreviation:  J Appl Philos     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-11     Completed Date:  2006-10-31     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100971946     Medline TA:  J Appl Philos     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-71     Citation Subset:  E    
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, St Ebbe's Street, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 1PT, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Antisocial Personality Disorder / genetics
Behavioral Research / ethics
Choice Behavior
Chromosomes, Human, X
Crime* / prevention & control
Embryo Transfer
Ethical Analysis*
Eugenics* / methods
Fertilization in Vitro
Genetic Determinism
Genetic Enhancement / ethics
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Genetic Research / ethics
Genetic Testing / ethics
Genetics, Behavioral*
Monoamine Oxidase / genetics
Paternalism / ethics
Preimplantation Diagnosis / ethics*
Prenatal Diagnosis / ethics
Sex Preselection / ethics
Violence* / prevention & control
Wrongful Life
Reg. No./Substance:
EC Oxidase

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