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Applied Anthropology

Genetics, Citizens and Moral Choice: Comments on “Genome: Moral Choices and the Polity”

Tom Greaves

We can all agree with Thomas Fitzgerald that new genetic knowledge is thrusting on citizens of the developed world many new choices freighted with moral and ethical valences. Fitzgerald is also justified in declaring that the science creating these options is undermining previously held beliefs, beliefs that for some are sited in religion. Meanwhile, science, by its nature, cannot provide a value system to guide us through the choices it brings us. Finally, one can also agree that many will have little ethical apparatus to apply to these choices and may select their option based on short-term self interest rather than some higher moral principle.

High Plains Applied Anthropologist No. 1, Vol. 17, Spring, 1997 pp 23 – 24

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