Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

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Responses and Dialogue

Rationality and the Genetic Challenge Revisited


(Online publication May 20 2011)

Matti Häyry, Lic.Sc. (soc.), D.Sc. (soc.), is Professor of Bioethics in Philosophy of Law at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, School of Law, the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.


My thanks are due to John Coggon for guest editing the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics special issue on my Rationality and the Genetic Challenge: Making People Better? (CQ 20(2)), to Tuija Takala for overseeing the editorial process for the journal, to Peter Herissone-Kelly for checking my English, and for the colleagues who took the time to read the book and to offer comments on it. The research for this paper was conducted as a part of Improving Humanity? The Role of Rationality and Morality in the Regulation of Genetic and Medical Advances, my personal project at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies during 2009–2011, and The Human Body, Its Scope, Limits and Future, a Wellcome Strategic Programme at the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI), University of Manchester. My thanks are due to these institutions for supporting my work.