Advantages And Disadvantages Of Gene Editing

1045 Words 5 Pages
Utilitarianism, on the other hand, states that actions are morally right or wrong depending on their consequences (Matti, 1994). Mill said: “Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness”. Ideally, if gene editing follows the rules of utilitarianism, it should be a technique that leads to the greatest happiness for the greatest amount of people (Matti 1994). The happiness such as: couples will no longer have to anxious about the possible genetic diseases. This positive motive towards gene editing would produce the greater population with healthier lineage. Nevertheless, since the significant unpredictable consequences may have negative effects on human beings, utilitarianism may not be the best normative theory to apply for gene editing.
Utilitarianism would
…show more content…
This may have its advantages but it remains unclear on how should we set the limitations regarding the appropriateness of human characteristic editing. We must also consider its potential social and political risks and the environmental threat. As the result, the virtue ethics should stand out as the normative theory applies to gene editing. Virtue ethics emphasize virtue in moral actions rather than focusing on the duties or consequences, it gives the better moral explanation on the motives and consequences for gene editing by promoting virtue actions towards the society. The further discussions are needed for its ethical issues and the unpredictable effects toward the acceptability of human body and heredity gene for future generation. Therefore, since the consequences of gene editing are beyond the foreseeable benefits. Gene editing should not be applied until the scientists eliminate the potential risks and benefits to the human body and the general society with virtue ethics of truthfulness and proper

Related Documents