Science and the Human Person Bioethics Perspectives

Essays on Community, Personhood, and Bioethics in Modernity

The end of congenital disease.
The end of mosquito-borne malaria.
The rise of individually curated drugs.

The financial and technological barriers to modifying germ cells are lowering. We now have the genetic capacity to wipe out other species in a matter of a dozen generations.

What principles should structure and guide our approach to our bioethical landscape? And how will they affect our concept of normative personhood?

Read on to hear from eight Catholic, Muslim, and secular bioethicists.


The essay series features articles from the following scholars:

  1. Producing Motherhood? Uterus Transplantation for Infertility, by Aasim I. Padela, M.D. M.Sc. (University of Chicago)
  2. Unmasking Neoliberalism’s Invisible Grip: Homo Economicus and the Person in Bioethics, by M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D. (Loyola University Chicago)
  3. Precision Earth Medicine: Decisions to Gene Edit the Environment Require a New Environmental Ethic, by Natalie Kofler, Ph.D. (Yale University)
  4. Policy-Oriented Fatwas and the Unsettled Morality of Kidney Sales, by Elham Mireshghi, Ph.D. (University of Chicago)
  5. Catholic Conceptions of Personhood and Gene Editing, by Aline H. Kalbian, Ph.D. (Florida State University)
  6. Muslim Jurists’ Contribution to Islamic Bioethics, by Mohammed Ghaly, Ph.D. (Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  7. Reading Frankenstein in a Time of Germline Editing, by Daniel J. Daly, Ph.D. (Saint Anselm College)
  8. CRISPR-Cas 9, Practical Wisdom, and Human Identity, by Celia Deane-Drummond, Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame)