Reproductive genome editing interventions are therapeutic, sometimes

In this paper a British researcher argues that some human reproductive genome editing interventions can be therapeutic in nature, and thus that it is false that all such interventions just create healthy individuals. He did this by showing that the conditions established by a therapy definition are met by certain reproductive genome editing interventions. He then defends this position against two objections: (a) reproductive genome editing interventions do not attain one of the two conditions for something to be a therapy, and (b) some reproductive genome editing interventions are therapeutic but in a nonstandard way. In the Conclusion he calls for a more nuanced discussion of the nature of reproductive genome editing interventions.

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