Genetic Enhancement: The Role of Parents


Genetic engineering's promises might look enticing, but the road to a perfect child is littered with pitfalls.

Keywords: eugenics; genetic engineering; ethics; parenting; genetic enhancement; pediatrics (ethics of); child psychology

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McGee, Glenn(Sep 2006) Genetic Enhancement: The Role of Parents. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005593]