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Brave New Technology Health and Genetics
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New Technology and Medicine Technology is not new to medicine But New Technology raises some new concerns
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Technologies that will radically change human life: . Psychopharmacology Reproductive Technology Genetic engineering Nanotechnology Artificial intelligence And more
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Ethical Issues in Assisted Reproduction Prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion Reproduction in case of genetic risk Pre-symptomatic genetic testing Genetic engineering
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Ethical Concerns in Abortion choices Eugenics fear: Desire for a “perfect” baby Devaluation of persons with disabilities
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Fear of Eugenics Eugenics is usually associated with the Nazis, but it was around before the infamous Nazi program Eugenics in US (1890-1930s)
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Eugenics Unfounded assumptions that existed during the reign of Eugenics in the US 1. Reproduction by genetically defective people will result in feeble human race. 2. Poverty, criminality, prostitution etc. are genetically heritable traits and people with such traits will over-reproduce further weakening the human race
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Eugenics Early and mid-twentieth century social programs triggered by these assumptions resulted in strict immigration laws that favored Northern Europeans against Southern Europeans and Asians. These assumptions and beliefs also formed the basis of compulsory sterilization laws
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Eugenics and Sterilization laws Carrie Buck case Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1927) “three generations of imbeciles are enough” Three members of the Buck family- Carrie, her mother and daughter Vivian
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Eugenics Moral of Carrie Buck case ? But how does all this relate to current genetic practices? Is genetic counseling and genetic testing a form of eugenics? (P.Kitcher, 1997)
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Old Eugenics v. New Eugenics Involuntary Social State-enforced Voluntary Individualistic State-neutral
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2009 for the course PHIL 2450 taught by Professor Sethi,n during the Spring '09 term at Cornell.

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