The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring 2010

Responses to Dignitas personae - Part I of II

Robert Scott Smith, M.D., Bryan A. Piras, Carr J. Smith
Pages 45-50

The Bioethics of Gene Therapy

Gene therapy is the modification of the human genetic code to prevent disease or cure illness. This technology is in its infancy and remains confined to experimental clinical trials. Once the present barriers are overcome, gene therapy will confront humanity with a host of ethical challenges. Therapies targeted to the genes of germ-line cells will introduce permanent changes to the human gene pool. Furthermore, nonmedical gene modifications have the potential to introduce a new form of eugenics into our society by which some members attempt to become inherently superior to others and humanity is re-engineered to man-made specifications. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 10.1 (Spring 2010): 45–50.