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ABSTRACT. Empirical research provides mixed results regarding human germline genome editing. Using and replicating data from Pew Research Center, I performed analyses and made estimates regarding U.S. adults who say changing a baby’s genetic characteristics for certain reasons is an (in)appropriate use of medical technology (%) and U.S. adults who say gene editing giving healthy babies a much reduced risk of serious diseases and conditions is no different than other ways we try to better ourselves/crosses a line, meddling with nature (%). Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling.

Keywords: human germline genome editing; enhancement; medical counseling; ethics

How to cite: Balica, Raluca (2019). “Regulating Human Germline Genome Editing: Medical Counseling, Ethical Permissibility, and Potentially Grave Threats,” Review of Contemporary Philosophy 18: 133–139. doi:10.22381/RCP1820197

Received 19 March 2019 • Received in revised form 22 July 2019
Accepted 23 July 2019 • Available online 29 July 2019

Raluca Balica
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University of Craiova, Romania

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