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Choosing Tomorrow's Children: The Ethics of Selective Reproduction (Issues in Biomedical Ethics) [Hardcover]

Stephen Wilkinson

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18 Feb 2010 Issues in Biomedical Ethics
To what extent should parents be allowed to use reproductive technologies to determine the characteristics of their future children? And is there something morally wrong with parents who wish to do this? Choosing Tomorrow's Children provides answers to these (and related) questions. In particular, the book looks at issues raised by selective reproduction, the practice of choosing between different possible future persons by selecting or deselecting (for example) embryos, eggs, and sperm.

Wilkinson offers answers to questions including the following. Do children have a 'right to an open future' and, if they do, what moral constraints does this place upon selective reproduction? Should parents be allowed to choose their future children's sex? Should we 'screen out' as much disease and disability as possible before birth, or would that be an objectionable form of eugenics? Is it acceptable to create or select a future person in order to provide lifesaving tissue for an existing relative? Is there a moral difference between selecting to avoid disease and selecting to produce an 'enhanced' child? Should we allow deaf parents to use reproductive technologies to ensure that they have a deaf child?

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[an] interesting book with some very arresting insights and well worth reading, whether you are a graduate student, academic or just interested in the exciting new field of emerging reproductive technologies. (Oliver Feeney, Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy)

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Stephen Wilkinson is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ebook more expensive than paperback? 29 April 2012
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This review is primarily about the pricing of this book. It's something I would typically read if it were available at a reasonable price. I'm stunned, though, to see that OUP has actually priced the Kindle edition of the book at a higher price than the paperback. Something seems seriously wrong here. Sure, there are production costs, but the cost of each additional book in a virtual world is minuscule compared with running more copies off a printing press. OUP needs to reevaluate its pricing policy here. I would happily (well, not unhappily) pay $15-20 for a Kindle edition of this book. I have seen this with other OUP books recently. I'm sure there is some profit algorithm driving this, but it would be nice if one of their considerations was to try to get the book into as many people's hands (virtually speaking) as possible.
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