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Genetic Selection for Deafness


By KBL781 - Posted on 15 March 2010

TitleGenetic Selection for Deafness
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsConnolly, Peggy, Althaus RuthAnn, Bellon Christina, Brinkman Anthony, Leever Martin, and Skipper Robert Boyd
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional
Publication Languageeng
Abstract

A deaf couple decide to use reproductive technologies to increase their chances of having a deaf child. Critics of genetic selection for deafness consider deafness to be a disability that limits a child's potential. Advocates argue that the deaf community experience a degree of emotional intimacy not achieve by the hearing worlds, and that the bonds of this community outweigh the benefits of hearing, and ask why deaf parents should not be allow to select traits that reflect themselves in their children?

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Case from the Ethics Bowl National Championship, 2007. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2007http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html

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