Adam, Eve, And The Genome

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Overview

The project to map the human genetic codes has been widely hailed as a monumental achievement with vast medical promise. Yet the project is also fraught with ambiguities and, Susan Thistlethwaite claims, great potential dangers to society. This important book combines a basic primer on genetic research with ethical reflection by an interdisciplinary team on key questions and a deeper look, in light of such research, at what it means to be human.

Part 1 of the book places genetic research in historical perspective, including the historical prickliness between science and religion. It shows how we have gotten from Gregor Mendel's experiments with peas to today's Human Genome Project. Part 2 explores ethical issues posed by genetic testing, screening, and counseling; gene therapy; stem-cell research; dangers of misuse through genetic identification; and engineering of particular populations (violent people, ethnic groups, gays and lesbians). Part 3 explores the possibilities of reconstruing human identity for the coming "biological age." Contributors include Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Laurel Schneider, Lainie Ross, Theodore W. Jennings Jr., Ken Stone, and Lee Butler.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800636142
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Theology and the Sciences Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,075,953
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Preface
Introduction: Liberation Theology in Dialogue with the Human Genome Project 1
Pt. 1 The Science of Genetics
1 Setting the Context: A Brief History of Science by a Sympathetic Theologian 17
2 An Introduction to Mendelian Genetics 52
3 From Peapods to the Human Genome Project: Post-Mendelian Genetics 69
Pt. 2 Being Human
4 Theological Anthropology and the Human Genome Project 93
5 Adam, Eve, and the Genome 112
Pt. 3 Critical Issues
6 Dreaming the Soul: African American Skepticism Encounters the Human Genome Project 129
7 A Gene for Violence? Genetic Determinism and Sin 145
8 The Chemistry of Community 161
Notes 175
Glossary 188
Index 194
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