Genetic engineering | Reading homework help

Walter Gannon supports somatic cell gene therapy but argues that the technology should not be used for genetic enhancements. Julian Savulescu argues that it is not only permissible to use genetic engineering to enhance ourselves and our offspring; he also argues that morality may require that we do so. Critically evaluate the arguments on both sides. Is it permissible to use somatic cell genetic engineering for enhancements? Critically evaluate the arguments advanced by Leroy Walters and Julie Gage Palmer for the claim that in some cases germline genetic engineering is preferable to somatic cell genetic engineering. First, explain the difference between the two types of genetic engineering. Supposing that one day the technology will be safe and effective, should it be used to alter the human genome? Defend your answer within the context of the assigned readings.

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