Should we select for genetic moral enhancement?
A thought experiment using the MoralKinder (MK+) haplotype
Department of Family and Community Medicine,
University of New Mexico,
1260 Vallecita Drive,
87501, Santa Fe, NM, USA,
Theor Med Bioeth. 2009 Jan 9.
ABSTRACTBy using preimplantation haplotype diagnosis, prospective parents are able to select embryos to implant through in vitro fertilization. If we knew that the naturally-occurring (but theoretical) MoralKinder (MK+) haplotype would predispose individuals to a higher level of morality than average, is it permissible or obligatory to select for the MK+ haplotype? I.e., is it moral to select for morality? This paper explores the various potential issues that could arise from genetic moral enhancement.Biohappiness
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and further reading
The Good Drug Guide
The Abolitionist Project
The Hedonistic Imperative
The Reproductive Revolution
MDMA: Utopian Pharmacology
Critique of Huxley's Brave New World