Opting for prevention: Human enhancement and genetic testing
van den Akker, E.
Fictional portrayals of our possible future, such as the Hollywood film Gattaca, often conceive of a world where the genetic profile of each individual determines opportunity. Parents select the best sets of genes for their children to make sure they will be as successful, smart and healthy as possible. To what extent is such a scenario credible? Can the concept of genetic prevention be used to control, and if necessary adjust, life, preventing a variety of diseases and the sufferings these diseases can cause? And how realistic is it to offer techniques such as genetic screening for hereditary diseases to the population at large? These decisions have to be taken based not only on ethical, but also on economical considerations. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. All rights are reserved.
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Engineering the Human: Human Enhancement Between Fiction and Fascination, 113-128