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Choosing children : genes, disability, and design

Author: Jonathan Glover
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Series: Uehiro series in practical ethics.
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"Surely parents owe it to their children to give them the best life they can? Increasingly we are able to reduce the number of babies born with disabilities and disorders. But there is a powerful new challenge to conventional thinking about the desirability of doing so: it comes from those who actually have these conditions. They call into question the very definition of disability; how do we justify trying to avoid  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Glover
ISBN: 019929092X 9780199290925
OCLC Number: 62118380
Description: 120 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Disability and genetic choice --
Parental choice and what we owe to our children --
Human values and genetic design.
Series Title: Uehiro series in practical ethics.
Responsibility: Jonathan Glover.
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Should parents be free to choose, for instance, the colour of their children's eyes or hair? Genetic and reproductive technology offers the possibility of choosing what kinds of children we do and  Read more...

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concise and engaging book...Glover's characteristically lucid reasoning and his use of powerful examples to cut through tangled and ideological debates shine through brightly here... Lively and very Read more...

 
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