Ethical concerns in the community about technologies to extend human life span

Partridge, Brad, Underwood, Mair, Lucke, Jayne, Bartlett, Helen and Hall, Wayne (2009) Ethical concerns in the community about technologies to extend human life span. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9 12: 68-76. doi:10.1080/15265160903318368

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Author Partridge, Brad
Underwood, Mair
Lucke, Jayne
Bartlett, Helen
Hall, Wayne
Title Ethical concerns in the community about technologies to extend human life span
Journal name The American Journal of Bioethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1526-5161
1536-0075
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15265160903318368
Open Access Status
Volume 9
Issue 12
Start page 68
End page 76
Total pages 9
Editor Glenn McGee
Place of publication Cambridge, Mass
Publisher MIT Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
2201 Applied Ethics
11 Medical and Health Sciences
C1
Abstract Debates about the ethical and social implications of research that aims to extend human longevity by intervening in the ageing process have paid little attention to the attitudes of members of the general public. In the absence of empirical evidence, conflicting assumptions have been made about likely public attitudes towards life-extension. In light of recent calls for greater public involvement in such discussions, this target article presents findings from focus groups and individual interviews which investigated whether members of the general public identify ethical issues surrounding life-extension, and if so, what these ethical issues are? In this study, while some participants were concerned primarily with the likely personal consequences of life-extension, for others the question of whether or not to pursue interventions to extend longevity, and how they should be implemented, clearly raised important ethical issues, many of which have been prominent in debates among bioethicists.
Keyword anti-ageing
biogerontology
life-extension
public attitudes
Q-Index Code C1
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