Engineering the Human Germline: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children / Edition 1

Engineering the Human Germline: An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children / Edition 1

by Gregory Stock
     
 

This book explores the many prospects, challenges and ethical questions that surround the engineering of our reproductive cells. It is an accessible, three-part examination, moving from focused, realistic assessments of the promise and problems for this advancing technology to a section of short essays on the implications of our technological ability. Also included

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This book explores the many prospects, challenges and ethical questions that surround the engineering of our reproductive cells. It is an accessible, three-part examination, moving from focused, realistic assessments of the promise and problems for this advancing technology to a section of short essays on the implications of our technological ability. Also included is a panel discussion in which leading scientists, ethicists, and public policy workers give voice to their thoughts and concerns regarding our impending genetic technologies. Many world leaders in these fields, including Leroy Hood, French Anderson, Mario Capecchi, Daniel Koshland, Michael Rose, Lee Silver, and James Watson, have contributed to this volume, providing the essential elements of the debate over germline engineering. If you have ever pondered the question: "Would I be willing to genetically alter my own child-to-be, given a safe, reliable technology, offering a tempting possibility?", this book will be an indispensable guide.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195133028
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/03/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: An Evolutionary Perspective
I. THE REALITIES OF HUMAN GERMLINE ENGINEERING
A Vision for Practical Human Germline Engineering, John Campbell and Gregory Stock
The Human Genome Project—Launch Pad for Human Genetic Engineering, Leroy Hood
Ethics and Safety, Daniel Koshland, Jr.
Human Germline Gene Therapy: How and Why, Mario R. Capecchi
A New Front in the Battle against Disease, W. French Anderson
Aging as a Target for Genetic Engineering, Michael R. Rose
Reprogenetics: How Reproductive and Genetic Technologies Will Be Combined to Provide New Opportunities for People to Reach Their Reproductive Goals, Lee M. Silver
II. THE ROAD AHEAD
A Panel Discussion, John Campbell et al.
III. OTHER VOICES
Beyond the Issue of Safety, Glenn McGee et al.
Long-Term Possibilities and Dangers, Alex Mauron et al.
Regulation and Jurisdiction, Darryl Macer and Lloyd Cohen
Appendix: Select Questions from the Public to Participants in the "Engineering the Human Germline" Symposium
Notes
Glossary
Index

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