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Durkheim among the geneticists? human genetics, ethics and methods in futures studies

Perri 6 (Department of Government, University of Strathclyde, UK)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

It is widely claimed that new developments in human genetics will be instrumental in shaping life over the next century. But how, exactly, might these technologies affect developed societies? Do technologies themselves shape society or are technologies such as genetic testing and engineering themselves shaped by social structures? This article looks at the need for futurists to consider the ethical dimensions of human genetics and critically reviews the bodies of thought in this area.

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6, P. (2000), "Durkheim among the geneticists? human genetics, ethics and methods in futures studies", Foresight, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 15-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680010802456

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