On Rights and the Right to Be Genetically Engineered: A Transhumanist Perspective
Imagine a scenario in which a mother could be given medicine to ensure that her child would be born without debilitating congenital illnesses. In such a world, should access to this medicine be considered a human right?
Before you jump to any conclusions, consider the question reformulated in this way:
Imagine a scenario in which the technology existed to genetically engineer embryos to ensure that they would be born without debilitating congenital illnesses. In such a world, should being genetically engineered be considered a human right?
Intuitions may differ with regard to these two questions. I am interested in the distinction between them, and in potential answers to both of them.
How are the questions distinct? Of course, one striking difference is that medicine seems to be a more pleasant turn of phrase than being genetically engineered…
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