Genetic Interventions and Personal Identity

  • Ruth F. Chadwick
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 8)


A defining feature of gene therapy, in contrast to conventional medical treatment, is that it is explicitly designed to bring about changes at the genetic level, by, for example, introducing a functioning gene into a human being who lacks one. Questions arise as to whether the alteration of an individual’s genetic make-up could bring about a change in who that person is, i.e. an identity change, and if so whether this is something about which there are grounds for concern from a moral point of view. In order to answer these questions it is necessary to examine what the connection is, if any, between genes and the person, and how that might be affected by gene therapy.


Gene Therapy Personal Identity Cochlear Implant Moral Identity Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer 
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