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Splicing Life?

The New Genetics and Society, 1st Edition

By Peter Glasner, Harry Rothman


158 pages

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Geno-technology is a technology unlike any other, with significant implications for life in the 21st century. It directly affects us at a deeply personal level, it poses a threat to the boundaries which conventionally define selfhood, it generates potentially novel risks and dangers, and it threatens the very basis of accepted understandings of culture and society. This unique, exploratory volume discusses the ethical, cultural and philosophical issues surrounding the search for the 'book of life', focusing on the mapping of the human genome in Britain, the USA and Europe. It examines the impact of genetically modified crops, food and pharmacogenomics, along with the science and technology policy issues deriving from the human genome project. The authors investigate the potential risks and implications of the new genetics and conclude with a discussion of how nature may be reconfigured to underpin developments in health, commerce, state regulation and the law, both on a local and global scale.


’A thorough, stimulating and well-researched account. Glasner and Rothman take the reader from the competitive science of the human genome project to the global strategies of the biotechnology business. Gene technology raises fundamental issues of governance, ethics and citizenship. Splicing Life? represents an essential guide to this fascinating field.’ Professor Alan Irwin, Brunel University, UK ’…the authors offer an interesting perspective on the important matter of human genetics research, technology and society.’ Nursing Ethics

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The hunt for the holy grail: compiling the book of life; Doing the human genome project; Managing genetic information; 'Frankenstein' foods, or the revenge of the genetically modified potatoes; Globalization and the transformation of nature; From commodification to commercialization; Rights or rituals: involving the people; New genetics, new millennium, new society?; Bibliography; Index.

About the Authors

Peter Glasner is Professorial Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics at Cardiff University, UK. Harry Rothman is a Professor at Nottingham University Business School, UK.

About the Series

Cardiff Papers in Qualitative Research

Cardiff Papers in Qualitative Research
The Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University is well known for the breadth and quality of its empirical research in various major areas of sociology and social policy. In particular, it enjoys an international reputation for research using qualitative methodology, including qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis. This series publishes original sociological research that reflects the tradition of qualitative and ethnographic inquiry developed at Cardiff in recent years. The series includes monographs reporting on empirical research, collections of papers reporting research on particular themes and other monographs or edited collections on methodological developments and issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural