1st Edition

Ethical Issues in the New Genetics Are Genes Us?

By Michael Parker, Brenda Almond Copyright 2003
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    This title was first published in 2003.Developments in genetic science are opening up new possibilities for human beings; both the creation and the shaping of human life are now possible in the laboratory. As these techniques develop, questions are increasingly asked about how far everything that is scientifically possible should - morally, legally and socially - be pursued.  Whilst much attention and policy-making has focussed on the development of regulation of technologies affecting human reproduction, regulation where plants and animals are concerned is much more limited. In this book, developments in genetics are addressed in the broad sense by an international range of contributors. This includes not only issues such as eugenics and the modification of the human embryo, but also the genetic modification of plants and animals in the pursuit of commerce, agriculture and biomedical research.   This book is published in association with the Society for Applied Philosophy

    Contents: Foreword: are genes us?, Bryan Appleyard. Introduction: new genetics: the ethical background, Brenda Almond. The Genetic Modification and Invention of Human Beings: Genetic possibilities, Ruth Chadwick; Is there a cost in the choice of genetic enhancement?, Ainlsey Newson; The child's right to an open future and modern genetics, Tuija Takala; The fear of playing God, Duncan Richter; Deeply felt disgust: a Devlinian objection to cloning humans, Matti Häyry; Genetic information and personal identity, Walter Glannon. Genetics, Determinism and Personal Identity: Genetic reductionism and the concepts of health and disease, Tom Buller; From catch-phrase to catechism: the central dogma in molecular biology, Robyn Bluhm; Gene manipulation, psychology and molecular biology, Maurice K. D. Schouten; Patenting human DNA, Andy Miah; Personal identity and the protection of mankind: genetics and legal philosophy, Grégoire Kantardjian. Genes and the Non-Human World: Commodifying animals: ethical issues in genetic engineering of animals, Brenda Almond; Genetically modified crops and the precautionary principle: is there a case for a moratorium?, Jonathan Hughes; Everyday risk and the deliberate release of genetically modified crops, Shahrar Ali; Public deliberation and private choice in human genetics, Michael Parker; Index.
    '... a book well worth having on your bookshelf...' Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 'The book is well worth while for those interested in this area where most people feel a little out of their depth and overwhelmed by the authority of scientific and medical 'gurus' . Advisory boards with a preponderence of such 'experts' need at least one strong voice echoing the reasoned approach of the authors of this book.' Heythrop Journal