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Me Medicine vs. We MedicineReclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good$
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Donna Dickenson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159753

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159753.001.0001

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Enhancement Technologies

Enhancement Technologies

Feeling More Like Myself

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Me Medicine vs. We Medicine

Donna Dickenson

Columbia University Press

This chapter demonstrates how the enhancement debate embodies Me Medicine at its most questionable. “Enhancement” is defined as any medication designed to improve individual human performance, created through science-based or technology-based interventions. Physical and cognitive enhancement technologies are based on the idea that an individual is obliged to create the best possible version of himself, as well as a responsibility to produce the best children. However, even adversaries of enhancement technologies rely on the language of individuality, arguing that the child’s autonomy is jeopardized in the enhancement process. In relation to this debate, the chapter focuses on two main areas: neurotechnologies, particularly those affecting the cognitive function, as well as neurotransmitters; and genetic engineering, specifically germline genetic modification.

Keywords:   enhancement debate, enhancement technologies, Me medicine, individuality, neurotechnologies, cognitive function, genetic engineering, germline genetic modification

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