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Introduction The increase in the fundamental knowledge of human health and the mechanism of disease today has been extraordinary. A major forthcoming advance in biomedicine is in the area of human gene therapy, the insertion of normal or modified genes into somatic cells of human subjects to correct genetic or acquired disorders. As with every new technology, comes fears and reservation. The lingering memory of eugenics programs of the Nazi’s as well as the horrifying scenarios painted by Hollywood movies such as “Gattaca” or “Brave New World” deter many from even considering gene therapy as a solution to many medical issues today. The central argument against gene therapy is based the generalization that what’s at the end of the road (gene enhancement) is ultimately bad, immoral, unjust. Opponents claim that gene enhancement would create inequality, injustice, and harm future generations. But is genetic enhancement all that wrong, all that unjust and immoral? As a student who has taken many courses on biomedical ethics, my goal here is not to advocate eugenics programs or the strive for a perfect human, but to illuminate and show a clearer understanding of the various issues raised by gene enhancement in hopes of making gene enhancement less intimidating. Body: One of the issues gene enhancement brings up in ethics is the inequality that it would create. Kiuru and Crystal (2008), researchers at Weill Medical School, notes that the inequality gene enhancement COULD create is “ethically concerning”. This CONCERN however lies on the assumption that inequality is inevitably undesirable and unnatural, that society should be equal. John Harris, author of Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making People Better uses professional athletic competition to illustrate natural “inequality” (2007). Athletes who use doping when not all competitors have access or are willing to break the rules create an
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