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Genetic Enhancement

  1. Kurt Bayertz,
  2. Michael Quante

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005594



How to Cite

Bayertz, K. and Quante, M. 2006. Genetic Enhancement. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Muenster, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Genetic enhancement is a special form of genetic engineering that aims at improving human organisms, either by producing new traits or by strengthening existing ones. Genetic enhancement is generally distinguished from (genetic) therapy and is often regarded as ethically problematic or even inadmissible.


  • genetic therapy;
  • health;
  • autonomy;
  • risk;
  • somatic versus germ-line intervention;
  • eugenics