Becoming Immortal: Combining Cloning and Stem-Cell Therapy [NOOK Book]

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Providing the philosophical, practical, and theoretical leverage for abandoning evolution and development in favor of engineering human beings, Becoming Immortal examines the directions biological change might take if civilization were to take charge of its own destiny. With the aid of embryonic manipulation, cloning, and stem-cell therapy, immortality would seem within the reach of future generations. The question is, "Do we presently have the wisdom to undertake creating immortal organisms?" The author examines...
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Becoming Immortal: Combining Cloning and Stem-Cell Therapy

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Overview

Providing the philosophical, practical, and theoretical leverage for abandoning evolution and development in favor of engineering human beings, Becoming Immortal examines the directions biological change might take if civilization were to take charge of its own destiny. With the aid of embryonic manipulation, cloning, and stem-cell therapy, immortality would seem within the reach of future generations. The question is, "Do we presently have the wisdom to undertake creating immortal organisms?" The author examines every facet of this question, from theory to practice, and provides an answer through an in-depth analysis of life and death.
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...provides an interesting context for considering a wide range of moral and policy issues that have been raised in previous debates on biomedical technologies.— Science

"This is a bold and imaginative attempt to open up discussion on several levels-biological and ethical-about a possible development in human evolution, notably, that of our becoming immortal. Shostak lucidly and instructively explains why it is that complex cellular life has evolved in a mortal fashion and how developments in biotechnology and increases in our understanding of life will, at some point in the future, enable us to create immortal human beings."— Keith Ansell-Pearson, University of Warwick

"The author has a very interesting and compelling argument for immortality, whereby the provocative implication of this book is that, far from being a pipe-dream, human immortality is a biological possibility. It's a very informative presentation of the pertinent biology and history of biology, with some reference to the larger ethical and political implications of the subject."— Robert M. Johnson, Castleton College"
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Shostak (biological sciences, U. of Pittsburgh) considers the possibility of achieving immortality through biological engineering and ponders the implications of such a step. The impact of immortality on commerce, politics, technology, and human dignity are specifically examined. Along the way, Shostack reflects on the nature of life and death, and the essence of humanity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791488416
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 743 KB

Meet the Author

Stanley Shostak is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Embryology: An Introduction to Developmental Biology; Death of Life: The Legacy of Molecular Biology; and Evolution of Sameness and Difference: Perspectives on the Human Genome Project.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue
1 Quo Vadis? 1
2 Why Immortality Cannot Evolve 45
3 Why Immortality Cannot Develop 81
4 Life's Fundamental Feature: Devolution 125
5 Making Immortals: From Blastocyst to Generator 165
Epilogue: Reprise and Prediction 195
Endnotes 209
Glossary 241
Bibliography 263
Index 293
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