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Piscataway, New Jersey, U.S.A. 1994 Paperback New 0813521246. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED-Articles by leading thinkers and investigators: --DESCRIPTION: "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 Huma Read more Show Less

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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780813521244
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author


Carl F. Cranor is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He is author of Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome 12
2 Anticipating the Consequences of Genetic Engineering: Past, Present, and Future 31
3 Vital Language 52
4 Tools for Talking: Human Nature, Weismannism, and the Interpretation of Genetic Information 69
5 Master Molecules 89
6 Normality and Variation: The Human Genome Project and the Ideal Human Type 99
7 Errare Humanum Est: Do Genetic Errors Have a Future? 113
8 Genetic Causation 125
9 Eugenic Anxieties, Social Realities, and Political Choices 142
10 Upside Risks: Social Consequences of Beneficial Biotechnology 155
11 When Science Enters the Courtroom: The DNA-Typing Controversy 180
Notes 203
A Selective Bibliography on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project 239
About the Authors 255
Index 259
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