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How To Welcome New Technologies: Some Comments on the Article by Inmaculada de Melo-Martin




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1. Harris, J. Wonderwoman and Superman: The Ethics of Human Biotechnology: Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1992, especially Chapter 8. See also Harris, J, Keywood, K. Ignorance, information and autonomy. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2001;22(5):415–36. Also Harris, J, Sulston, J. Genetic equity. Nature Reviews Genetics 2004;5(10):796800.

2. I am indebted to my colleague David Lawrence for helpful advice here.

3. Vogel G, Stokstad V. U.K. Parliament approves controversial three-parent mitochontrial gene therapy. Science, February 3, 2015; available at (last accessed 6 Feb 2016).

4. Hannah Devlin, “Britain’s House of Lords approves conception of three-person babies”. (last accessed 9 September 2016).

5. Hansard; available at (last accessed 6 Feb 2016).

6. Reardon S. US panel greenlights creation of male ‘three-person’ embryos. Nature, February 3, 2016; available at (last accessed 3 Feb 2016).

7. Did Marie-Antoinette really say “Let them eat cake?”; available at (last accessed 7 Mar 2016).

8. Harris, J. Germline manipulation and our future worlds. The American Journal of Bioethics 2015;15(12):30–4. Harris, J. Germ line modification and the burden of human existence. The Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics 2016;25(1):618. Harris J. Why human gene editing must not be stopped, December 2, 2015 available at file:///Users/mdimsjmh/Documents/JOHN’S%20DOCUMENTS/PAPERS%202016/guardian%20gene%20editing%20Why%20human%20gene%20editing%20must%20not%20be%20stopped%20_%20Science%20_%20The%20Guardian.html (last accessed 6 Feb 2016). Harris J. Rewriting our genes will bring benefits for us all. Financial Times, London, January 16–17, 2016, at 12; available at (last accessed 6 Feb 2016).

9. Motherhood has now also become a rather complicated hypothesis; however, the reasons for that and the degrees of complication are again beyond my purview here.


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