Human germline genome editing and its tech-sumptions

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This chapter explores whether understanding the human genome will create possibilities for “redesigning” humans, and, if so, how plausible these possibilities are. It discusses changes that could be made to the human genome via egg, sperm, or embryo cells. The chapter focuses on the prevention of disease and enhancing biological characteristics in humans. It unravels the assumptions surrounding the hGGE technology—its tech-sumptions, and examines the plausibility of them being realized in future reproductive practices. The chapter draws upon findings from a 3-phase design of primary research, conducted between March 2018 and October 2019. It details several prominent made about the applications of hGGE technologies in order to clarify their validity, using evidence from published literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBirthing Techno-Sapiens
Subtitle of host publicationHuman-Technology Co-Evolution and the Future of Reproduction
EditorsRobbie Davis-Floyd
Place of PublicationOxfordshire
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003082422
ISBN (Print)9780367535445, 9780367535438
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameSocial Science Perspectives on Childbirth and Reproduction


  • Genome, Human
  • assisted reproduction
  • assisted reproductive technologies


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