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Is this a morally relevant distinction some

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Is this a morally relevant distinction Some treatments can be wrong Some enhancements can be wrong Need to identify separate criteria to determine the appropriateness of an intervention, distinct from the label of enhancement
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What medical enhancements are routinely provided in the US? Vaccines
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Different Enhancements Training Aids Drugs Gene transfer Embryo Selection Embryo Gene transfer
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Concerns about enhancements Personal benefits vs social harms Is it safe? Is it fair? Changes the “nature” or “meaning” of the activity Spell check is ok in most activities, but not in spelling bees Does it diminish human nature, per se, or diminish other values ( i.e. appreciation of “giftedness”)
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Enhancements for academic performance Private Schools Tutors Additional classes Additional books (Cliff Notes) More time available to study Coffee Ritalin Reviewing prior exams Typewriters Spellcheckers Google
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What is wrong with using drugs in sports? Harmful Not fair Not sport
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Enhancing the health care system Improving quality of care Reducing costs and waste Improving Safety Improving Efficacy At the expense of Personal choices by patients Choices by physicians
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Concerns about enhancements may be pointing to disagreements about value of the goal
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