New Choices: Genomics, Freedom, and Morality

Paul Anand, Martin van Hees

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Abstract

Examines some of the existing empirical evidence concerning genomics, and discusses its implications for the relation between genomics and human freedom. Considers the effects of genomics in the particular area of genetic testing and screening, outlining what this involves and reviewing some of the justifications that have been used by advocates of testing and screening programs. Discusses two concepts of freedom - one in terms of the opportunities of an individual, and one that refers to the way an agent exercises decision-making authority. In each case, explores the consequences of these conceptions for the way in which changes in freedom are valued. Looks at how genetic testing and screening affect both these types of freedom and at the implications for morally evaluating bioethical developments. (Quotes from original text)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-630
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Theory and Practice
Volume29
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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Keywords

  • Freedom
  • Genetic screening
  • Moral aspects

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New Choices: Genomics, Freedom, and Morality. / Anand, Paul; van Hees, Martin.

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