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The British parliament has decided to allow doctors in the United Kingdom to be the first in the world to perform germ-line gene therapy. The precedent that has been set may constitute a guideline for the United States and other nations as they consider this groundbreaking technique and its implications.
James Keenan, professor of ethics at Boston College, applies his well-honed theory of virtue ethics to issues such as enhancement and germ-line gene therapy. This is undergirded by a relational anthropology that can help develop guidelines for genetic policy.
If germ-line gene therapy can provide true cures for genetic disorders and prevent transmission of diseasecausing mutations, its development, application, and refinement are not only justified, but imperative.