The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society / Edition 1

The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society / Edition 1

by Joseph S. Alper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801879264

ISBN-13: 9780801879265

Pub. Date: 12/15/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

The Double-Edged Helix explores the impact of recent genetic discoveries on both different population segments and society as a whole. The authors address the medical and ethical implications of the new technologies, outlining potential positive and negative effects of genetic research on minorities, individuals with disabilities, and those of diverse sexual

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The Double-Edged Helix explores the impact of recent genetic discoveries on both different population segments and society as a whole. The authors address the medical and ethical implications of the new technologies, outlining potential positive and negative effects of genetic research on minorities, individuals with disabilities, and those of diverse sexual orientations. Presenting a wide array of perspectives, this book emphasizes the need to ensure that research into genetics research does not result in discrimination against people on the basis of their DNA.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801879265
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction : perspectives on perspectives1
1Genetic complexity in human disease and behavior17
2Geneticists in society, society in genetics39
3Genetics and behavior in the news : dilemmas of a rising paradigm58
4Advocacy groups and the new genetics80
5Invisible women : gender, genetics, and reproduction102
6Prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion : a challenge to practice and policy123
7African American perspectives on genetic testing151
8Genetics, race, and ethnicity : searching for differences175
9The origins of homosexuality : no genetic link to social change197
10Diversity and complexity in gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual responses to the "gay-gene" debates215
11The commercialization of genetic technologies : raising public awareness227
12Individual, family, and societal dimensions of genetic discrimination : a case study analysis247
13Current developments in genetic discrimination267
Index287

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