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Human Genetic Selection and Enhancement

Parental Perspectives and Law

Marta Soniewicka and Wojciech Lewandowski

Among all human practices, procreation seems the most paradoxical. It starts as a fully personal choice and ends with the creation of a new subject of rights and responsibilities. Advances in reproductive genetics pose new ethical and legal questions. They are expected to prevent the transmission of genetic diseases to progeny and also to improve genetically-endowed mental and physical attributes. Genetic selection and enhancement may affect a child’s identity, as well as the parent-child relationship. The authors are committed to a pluralistic approach that captures all aspects of this relationship in terms of moral virtues and principles. They elucidate that most of the conflicts between parental preferences and a child’s rights could be resolved with reference to the meaning and nature of procreation.

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We owe special thanks to the reviewers of this book – Dr. Roberto Franzini Tibaldeo (UCL, Belgium) and Dr. Habil. Ewa Baum (University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland) for their insightful remarks and critical comments which helped us to improve the final version of this book. Some parts of the book were previously published in Polish which we acknowledge in the end of the chapters. We are grateful to Philip Palmer for translating from Polish into English Chapters 3, 4, 8 and 9, as well as to Dr. Aeddan Shaw for translating chapters 2, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12. Many thanks to Aeddan Shaw for his help in linguistic edition of the volume. We are also grateful to Zofia Szafrańska-Czajka for her help in technical pre-edition of the manuscript. We are indebted to Marcin S. Gołębiewski for his help in getting the rights to reproduce the picture by Norman Leto which graces the cover of the book. Last but not least, our word of thanks is to Beata Misiewicz for her excellent work on the cover design.

The preparation of this volume was financed by the Polish National Science Centre (Dec-2013/10/E/HS5/00157).

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