Over the past century, advances in biomedical technologies have resulted in a need for government regulation of the distribution of genetic modification and medical enhancements. Without these regulations, the poor of Appalachia will suffer immensely from the lack of protection against genetic diseases, and disorders, and lack of opportunity for genetic enhancements, and will eventually fall further behind more developed and wealthy areas regarding their health and quality of life. She suggests that government regulations such as implementing systems focused around utilitarianism, prioritarianism, and equality could help to reverse this effect of poverty and unequal distribution of health.

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Spring 2019


Dr. Laura Newhart

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Philosophy and Religion