Bioethics

Bioethics is a combination of law, ethics and science & technology. I became slightly interested in it after I had looked into the ethics surrounding topics like medical research and biobanks, and highly, after I stumbled upon a online course on the topic by Harvard Law School. I ended up write an essay in that area (and am currently working on its second edition).

In this provocative book – deliberately provocative to make you sit up and written in a great hurry because this topic is very important – I explore ethical and practical aspects of a form of human enhancement called private eugenics. That is one of the many names given to current and future practices in the area of assisted human procreation.

I ask a few difficult questions in this book. Why do we have so much trouble accepting ourselves and each other, for instance?

In this book, I loudly call for caution and point out that technological progress sometimes leads to mistakes that can be hard to correct once made. I also tackled the difficult task of defining “a life not worth living”  which I based on the principle of humanity, namely that every human being has the right to a life in dignity.

I also argue for the creation of a new international category of legal personality for pre-embryos, embryos and fetuses up to 24 weeks, for a practice based on the principle of non-discrimination, for (eventually) genomic sequencing and testing for a wide variety of conditions (including certain infections that currently aren’t checked yet) at birth as well as for treatment and more support from the get-go.

As I mentioned above, a second edition of this publication is in the works and will fill in obvious gaps present in the first edition. Anyone who purchased the first edition can get the e-book version of the second edition from me at no additional cost. The second edition will be much more balanced and more complete.

It’s available as e-book from the major online retailers – such as Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble – and as paperback from Amazon (in the US, Germany, France, Britain, India and Japan).

Any comments? Let me know (in the form below), please. Because this is not about me. This is about all of us.

If you want to know about my personal experience with pain and suffering, you can read:
this post.