chapter  8
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HOW TO ASSESS THE CONSEQUENCES OF GENETIC ENGINEERING?

WithHeta Häyry

Assuming that there are no intrinsic ethical grounds for condemning biotechnology and genetic engineering,1 the moral status of these practices can only be determined by an evaluation and assessment of their expected consequences. In theory, such an assessment should not be too difficult to carry out, since the advantages and disadvantages of gene-splicing techniques are fairly well publicized.2