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March 19, 2008

Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People

JAMA. 2008;299(11):1369-1370. doi:10.1001/jama.299.11.1369

John Harris, who always challenges conventional thinking in bioethics, especially if it derives its opinions from conservative principles, delivered a series of lectures in 2006 at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization at Oxford University. The mission of the Martin Institute is to study those science and technology issues that will come to dominate the thinking of scholars, politicians, and citizens during the next century. Consideration of these issues from a bioethical perspective will frequently create huge controversies. These will occur among philosophers, bioethicists, and health care workers, because the ethical stances of each derive from very different basic principles.

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