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Cloning: A Beginner's Guide

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Should we clone extinct or endangered species? Are we justified in using stem cells to develop cures? When will we clone the first human? Ever since Dolly the sheep, questions like these have rarely been far from the public consciousness, and cloning is now poised to revolutionize medicine, healthcare, and even the food we eat. Aaron Levine offers a masterful and accessible introduction to the science and development of cloning, right up to the present-day scandals surrounding attempts to clone humans. Guiding ...
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Overview


Should we clone extinct or endangered species? Are we justified in using stem cells to develop cures? When will we clone the first human? Ever since Dolly the sheep, questions like these have rarely been far from the public consciousness, and cloning is now poised to revolutionize medicine, healthcare, and even the food we eat. Aaron Levine offers a masterful and accessible introduction to the science and development of cloning, right up to the present-day scandals surrounding attempts to clone humans. Guiding readers around the thorny political and ethical issues raised by such progress, Levine dispels the myths perpetuated by the media and sheds new light on the pros and cons of this fascinating and controversial topic. Aaron Levine is currently conducting research on the impact of public policy on biomedical research at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851685226
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Beginner's Guides Series
  • Pages: 193
  • Sales rank: 1,442,415
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vi
Acknowledgements     ix
List of Illustrations     xi
What cloning is and why it matters     1
A cloning parts list: cells, genes, and embryos     10
Dolly and her scientific predecessors     38
Animal cloning in the twenty-first century     66
Embryonic stem cells and the promise of therapeutic cloning     90
The ethical debate over human cloning     113
Cloning science in uncertain times     136
The future of cloning     157
Notes     171
Glossary     178
Index     187
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