Chapter 11. The Moral Status of the Gene

  1. Justine Burley and
  2. John Harris
  1. Mary Anne Warren

Published Online: 21 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470756423.ch11

A Companion to Genethics

A Companion to Genethics

How to Cite

Anne Warren, M. (2004) The Moral Status of the Gene, in A Companion to Genethics (eds J. Burley and J. Harris), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470756423.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206989

Online ISBN: 9780470756423



  • obligation;
  • organisms;
  • ecosystems;
  • moral status;
  • pragmatic case


The prelims comprise:

  • Introduction

  • Why Parts of Organisms Do Not Have Moral Status

  • A Pragmatic Case for the Moral Status of Genes?

  • The Sacred Gene

  • Empirical Arguments Against Sanctiflcation

  • Pragmatic Arguments Against Sanctiflcation

  • Regulation without Sanctiflcation

  • Conclusion