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Is Editing the Genome for Climate Change Adaptation Ethically Justifiable?

Overview of attention for article published in AMA Journal of Ethics, December 2017
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Title
Is Editing the Genome for Climate Change Adaptation Ethically Justifiable?
Published in
AMA Journal of Ethics, December 2017
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.12.stas1-1712
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Abstract

As climate change progresses, we humans might have to inhabit a world for which we are increasingly maladapted. If we were able to identify genes that directly influence our ability to thrive in a changing climate, would it be ethically justifiable to edit the human genome to enhance our ability to adapt to this new environment? Should we use gene editing not only to prevent significant disease but also to enhance our ability to function in the world? Here I suggest a "4-S framework" for analyzing the justifiability of gene editing that includes these considerations: (1) safety, (2) significance of harm to be averted, (3) succeeding generations, and (4) social consequences.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 10 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 3 30%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 20%
Student > Master 2 20%
Student > Bachelor 1 10%
Unknown 2 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 20%
Social Sciences 1 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 10%
Other 2 20%
Unknown 2 20%