Protecting the endangered human: Toward an international treaty prohibiting cloning and inheritable alterations

George J. Annas, Lori B. Andrews, Rosario M. Isasi

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Abstract

This chapter discusses human cloning and inheritable genetic alterations from the human species perspective, and suggests language for a proposed international “Convention of the Preservation of the Human Species” that would outlaw all efforts to initiate a pregnancy by using either intentionally modified genetic material or human replication cloning, such as through somatic cell nuclear transfer. It summarizes international legal action in these areas over the past five years, relate these actions to arguments for and against a treaty and conclude with an action plan. Membership in the human species is central to the meaning and enforcement of human rights, and respect for basic human rights is essential for the survival of the human species. The adoption of an international treaty is the most appropriate approach to prohibit species-altering interventions. A rogue doctor or scientist who wishes to offer the procedure can easily move across borders if a particular nation bans the procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGenetics and Gene Therapy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages415-442
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781351934282
ISBN (Print)9780754620556
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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