Arthur Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, and he has a long history of studying a variety of topics in bioethics. On today’s episode, he dives into the details of his most recent focus, which is on the latest developments in the field of genetics, including the emergence of genetic engineering of cells and human embryos.
For instance, many of us would agree that genetic engineering for the sole purpose of developing cures and therapies for diseases is beneficial and that its development is justifiable, but the same can’t necessarily be said about the same techniques being used to “design” human beings. Caplan offers his view on a number of other topics as well, including the high cost of health care, policies which mandate vaccines, and the control and protection of genetic information.
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