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Gene Transfer for Pain: A tool to cope with the intractable, or an unethical enduranceenhancing technology? / S Camporesi; MJ McNamee

Life Sciences, Society and Policy, Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Pages: 20 - 31

Swansea University Author: McNamee, Michael

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In this paper we consider two plausible scenarios in which an individual is seeking treatment with gene transfer tools to cope better with pain. In the first scenario the individual is a patient; in the second an athlete. The general question explored is whether it is ethically justifiable for the i...

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Published in: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
ISSN: 1746-5354
Published: 2012
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa14115
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Abstract: In this paper we consider two plausible scenarios in which an individual is seeking treatment with gene transfer tools to cope better with pain. In the first scenario the individual is a patient; in the second an athlete. The general question explored is whether it is ethically justifiable for the individual to seek an experimental gene transfer treatment in order to raise his/her tolerance to pain. We employ here a comparative strategy to highlight the similarities and dissimilarities between the ethical frameworks used to evaluate the two scenarios, and to reach conclusions regarding the justifiability of the potential practice.
Keywords: genetics, ethics, sports
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 1
Start Page: 20
End Page: 31