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Iceland close to becoming first country where no Down’s syndrome children are born.

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm

link here

Would have been nice if they would have given some numbers what it was before tests.

Also  this line of reasoning ““This is your life. You have the right to choose how your life will look like.”  has vast implications beyond genetic tests and termination of pregnancies  to how we deal with genetic modifications and other modifications of a child or child to be. Which ability expectations will be used to make a case that it impacts ones life too much if no action is taken? And how much will societies behavior lead to the belief that the impact on ones life is to great? How much will an increase of not being responsible for each other as members for society to enable a good life for each other impact the actions to come? For  recent piece on ability expectation governance see here  and a piece on the discourse around disabled people and gene editing from my group see here.

 

 

A small piece out in The Conversation, Canada edition

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Why “ability expectations” must be central to debates on science and our future The Conversation, Canada

News item: Human embryo editing breakthrough is a ‘major advance’ towards controversial treatments for babies

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2017 at 5:57 pm

Well we will see whether its a major advance but the wide scope beyond ‘disease’ is evident in this part “Though the scientists only edited out mutations that could cause diseases, it modified the nuclear DNA that sits right at the heart of the cell that also influences personal characteristics such as intelligence, height, facial appearance and eye colour.”

Consequences fit with the Ability studies scope of the WolbPack and our work on genetics and other linked areas. Cheers Gregor

link to the article

Human enhancement as a tool for adaptation to social and environmental problems?

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2017 at 1:41 am

Interesting how this pro enhancement podcasts is introduced. The climate change angle was before put forward Liao, S. M., Sandberg, A., & Roache, R. (2012). Human engineering and climate change. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 15(2), 206–221.

Looked into this line of argument in our EcoHealth piece Wolbring, G., Ecohealth through an ability studies and disability studies lens. In Ecological Health: Society, Ecology and Health, Gislason, M. K., Ed. Emerald: London, UK, 2013; Vol. 15, pp 91-107.

Of course huge impacts on disabled people but of course the whole discussion on hunan enhancements impacts disabled people Wolbring, G.; Diep, L.(2016) The Discussions around Precision Genetic Engineering: Role of and Impact on Disabled People Laws5(3), 37; doi: 10.3390/laws5030037

link to the webpage and podcast

from the link

“What if humans are genetically unfit to overcome challenges like climate change and the growing inequality that looks set to define our future?

Julian Savulescu, visiting professor at Monash University and Uehiro professor of Practical Ethics at Oxford University, argues that modifying the biological traits of humans should be part of the solution to secure a safe and desirable future.”

 

Cheers Gregor

 

 

 

Work by myself and my students now available on this blog

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Hi everybody, I decided to put my work and the work of my students the WolbPack also on this blog as I can alert people on updates here and also post other thoughts related to our work.  Please look under Academic Life: Gregor Wolbring and Academic Life of my students: The WolbPack  for all the info about my work and the work of my students.

Cheers Gregor