Should we regulate genetic advantage?

  1. People who have chosen to acquire Gene Z should be permitted to race with people who were born with Gene Z.
  2. People who have chosen to acquire Gene Z should be permitted to race with people who have chosen not to acquire Gene Z.
  • If you have your eyes lasered and it was an option to end up with vision better than the “normal” good vision of 20/20, would it be an enhancement? Should you be compared to the average eyesight of the population, or to that in your age bracket?
  • Consider the case of a male who needed to take testosterone supplements for health reasons. The “normal” levels of testosterone vary depending on ancestral population: for example Swedish males have much higher levels of testosterone than Korean males.
  • Hermione had very large front teeth. When Draco’s hex in The Goblet of Fire makes them grow larger still, she has Madam Pomfrey shrink them back a little smaller than their original size. Is this an enhancement because her teeth are no longer the size they originally were? That is, does normal mean, in some sense “normal for you”?

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Anna Lewis

Anna Lewis

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Bioethics, Genomics, and the Diversity of Human Experience