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The progression of bioenhancement in modern science and the implications for society is both astounding and frightening As genetic scientists move closer to the ability to modify or customize human beings the societal and ethical costs and benefits of this new technology must be analyzed Authors Carl Elliot of Choosing Our Genes Gregory Stock author of The Tyranny of Happiness and C Ben Mitchell author of On Human Bioenhancements all explore both the complications and the ramifications of this new science Carl Elliot is a philosophy and bioethics professor from the University of Minnesota His published writing from a chapter of his book Better Than Well American Medicine Meets the American Dream is evaluated in this paper Also providing an article for consideration is Gregory Stock the Director of the Program on Medicine Technology and Society at UCLA and a best-selling author His published article in The Futurist a bimonthly magazine that explores technological scientific environmental social and policy trends that shape the future of society explores the issue of bio enhancement Finally an editorial published by C Ben Mitchell a Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Ethics in Medicine is evaluated as well These three authors create very interesting perspectives and ideas on the future of bioethics in each of their essays By examining the three articles together and comparing and contrasting arguments and ideas we gain a unique understanding of the perils and possibilities of bioenhancement technology One of the primary concerns shared by each of the three authors is the idea of using bioengineering for therapy versus using this technology for human being enhancement The question of the possibility and right of parents to deliberately choose to have enhanced and healthier children through bioengineering is debated Mitchell argues that there is a definite line between bio enhancement therapies that would include medical interventions that restore human functioning to species typical normsbut adding twenty
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