Are Genes Us? / Edition 1

Are Genes Us? / Edition 1

by Carl Cranor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813521246

ISBN-13: 9780813521244

Pub. Date: 09/28/1994

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


Do our genes make us human? More than a billion dollars are being spent on the Human Genome Project to map the genes on human DNA. Along with the hope of controlling many terrible diseases, the project offers the threat of changing the behavior and the qualities that define us as human. The essays in this volume argue that, to predict the social, political, and…  See more details below

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Do our genes make us human? More than a billion dollars are being spent on the Human Genome Project to map the genes on human DNA. Along with the hope of controlling many terrible diseases, the project offers the threat of changing the behavior and the qualities that define us as human. The essays in this volume argue that, to predict the social, political, and ethical consequences of the new genetics, we dare not take even the science for granted.

Coming from fields as diverse as biology, law, sociology, history of science, gender studies, political science, philosophy, and rhetoric, the contributors take a hard look at the presuppositions, concepts, language, and self-descriptions of genetics itself. How has the focus on genes affected medical research and our conceptions of humanity? How have scientists closed off areas of the Human Genome Project from serious ethical discussion? How do such metaphors as code of life and master gene subtly influence our thinking? How can genes "cause" disease? How might well-intentioned genetic technologies harm society at large? And how did we go ahead with the new genetics without asking these questions first?

These clear-headed essays go beyond stock criticisms of the new genetics, a comprehensive bibliography covers the ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Genome Project. This is essential reading for everyone concerned about the Human Genome Project, biotechnology, science, medicine, bioethics, and society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813521244
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome12
2Anticipating the Consequences of Genetic Engineering: Past, Present, and Future31
3Vital Language52
4Tools for Talking: Human Nature, Weismannism, and the Interpretation of Genetic Information69
5Master Molecules89
6Normality and Variation: The Human Genome Project and the Ideal Human Type99
7Errare Humanum Est: Do Genetic Errors Have a Future?113
8Genetic Causation125
9Eugenic Anxieties, Social Realities, and Political Choices142
10Upside Risks: Social Consequences of Beneficial Biotechnology155
11When Science Enters the Courtroom: The DNA-Typing Controversy180
Notes203
A Selective Bibliography on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project239
About the Authors255
Index259

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