Altering the Blueprint: The Ethics of Genetics

Altering the Blueprint: The Ethics of Genetics

by Alexander McCall Smith
     
 
PORTABLE PROFESSOR™ is a series of exciting and informative lectures recorded by some of today's most renowned university and college professors. Each course introduces listeners to fascinating, and sometimes startling, insights into the intellectual forces that shape our understanding of the world. Each package includes 14 riveting lectures presented by

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PORTABLE PROFESSOR™ is a series of exciting and informative lectures recorded by some of today's most renowned university and college professors. Each course introduces listeners to fascinating, and sometimes startling, insights into the intellectual forces that shape our understanding of the world. Each package includes 14 riveting lectures presented by notable professors as well as a book-length course guide.

Reproduction is a process fundamental to every known species, so it is no surprise that human beings, perhaps the most self-reflective of all species, spend so much time thinking about the implications of creating life anew. In this intriguing series of lectures, Professor Alexander McCall Smith explores the startling, and occasionally unsettling, ethical choices that humans face now that medical technology has made it possible to guide the hand of creation with increasing levels of precision and purpose.

COURSE LECTURES

  1. An Overview of the Techniques for Creating Humans
  2. When Does Life Begin? The Human Embryo
  3. What Sort of Children Shall We Have? The Science of Reproduction
  4. Cloning: I Want Them to Take After Me
  5. A Boy Please: Sex Selection
  6. Abortion?
  7. Who's My Mother? Who's My Father? Surrogacy
  8. A Sorting Vat for Babies: Screening for Abnormalities
  9. Superboy and Wondergirl: Genetic Enhancement
  10. Spare-Part Children
  11. The Right to Reproduce
  12. Life-Boat Ethics: Population Control
  13. Hard Choices: Ethics in Intensive Care
  14. Science as a Father

Alexander McCall Smith is a man of many and varied talents. He is Professor of Medical Law at Scotland's University of Edinburgh as well as Vice-Chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the United Kingdom, and especially in the latter capacity is in worldwide demand as a speaker. He is also a prolific author, not just of highly regarded academic texts in his field, but of children's books and of the best-selling series about Precious Ramotswe, the proprietress of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760750193
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
05/03/2004
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 2.00(d)

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