In "Enhancing Evolution," leading bioethicist John Harris
dismantles objections to genetic engineering, stem-cell research,
designer babies, and cloning and makes an ethical case for
biotechnology that is both forthright and rigorous. Human
enhancement, Harris argues, is a good thing--good morally, good for
individuals, good as social policy, and good for a genetic heritage
that needs serious improvement. "Enhancing Evolution" defends
biotechnological interventions that could allow us to live longer,
healthier, and even happier lives by, for example, providing us
with immunity from cancer and HIV/AIDS. Further, Harris champions
the possibility of influencing the very course of evolution to give
us increased mental and physical powers--from reasoning,
concentration, and memory to strength, stamina, and reaction speed.
Indeed, he says, it's not only morally defensible to enhance
ourselves; in some cases, it's morally obligatory.
In a new preface, Harris offers a glimpse at the new science
and technology to come, equipping readers with the knowledge to
assess the ethics and policy dimensions of future forms of human
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