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Ethical Issues in Biotechnology is the first textbook of its kind, written collaboratively by a philosopher and a biologist to provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the ethical and scientific fundamentals of biotechnology. Engaging the ethics and the science side by side, the text addresses pressing questions in agricultural, food, and animal biotechnology; human genetics; gene therapy; human cloning; and stem cell research. A general introduction to both the moral philosophy and fundamentals of genetics is enhanced throughout the text with section-specific introductions addressing the particular philosophical and scientific challenges posed by the topic under consideration. Diagrams and drawings, study cases, liberal use of practical examples, and suggestions for further reading make the text an ideal resource for a broad range of students interested in issues and questions lying at the intersection of philosophy and genetics.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul B. Thompson
This will be the field-defining book for the ethics of biotechnology. It is the best one-volume guide to the issues currently being debated with respect to the new genetic technologies, and the only one that illuminates the connections between medical and agricultural applications. Teachers will use it in the classroom, but beyond that it should be thought of as an indispensable read for anyone who wants to be informed about science, ethics, and public policy.
Courtney S. Campbell
Richard Sherlock and John Morrey have developed a timely anthology on the ethical dimensions in biotechnology that is both scientifically sound and philosophically provocative. Engaging readings as well as a compendium of cases offer many formats for teachable dialogue between instructor and students. The questions—scientific, philosophical, political, legal, moral—examined through Ethical Issues in Biotechnology illustrate the urgent need for critical ethical scholarship in this rapidly emerging field. This anthology meets that need.
Dr. S. N. Fratantaro
The most substantial and sophisticated treatment of biomedical ethics that I have come across recently, and a treatment that remains quite accessible to undergraduate students.
Steven Post
Sherlock and Morrey cover a fascinating and engaging set of cutting edge issues. This work covers biotechnology in the broadest sense of the word, contains masterfully selected readings, and challenges the reader to think into the future. It should be very useful to college, graduate, and professional students.
Research News and Opportunities In Science and Theology
It is refreshingly atypical that the book does not just focus on human cloning or human genetic screening but takes on the whole topic of biotechnology. It is enterprising and clever to have a book edited collaboratively by a biologist and a philosopher, and the result is a balanced treatment. The readings have already been proven successful with students. With diagrams, study cases, examples, and suggestions for further research, the book is a comprehensive and well-expressed introduction to the science and ethics of biotechnology.
Technology and Culture
All who are involved in ethics and biotechnology should be immensely grateful for [Sherlock and Morrey's] efforts. Balanced and teachable, Ethical Issues in Biotechnology is a valuable contribution to the field, and a must-have for those teaching either undergraduates enrolled in upper-level courses, or graduates students, across the disciplines of science and humanities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742513778
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/9/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sherlock is professor of philosophy at Utah State University. John D. Morrey is research professor in the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University. Professors Sherlock and Morrey team teach an undergraduate course on ethical issues in biotechnology at Utah State.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Fundamental Issues of Ethics and Biotechnology 31
1 How to Assess the Consequences of Genetic Engineering 37
2 Redesigning the World: Ethical Questions about Genetic Engineering 47
3 "Playing God" and Invoking a Perspective 71
4 Genetic Trespassing and Environmental Ethics 89
Pt. II Agricultural Biotechnology 97
5 Differing Views of the Benefits and Risks of Agricultural Biotechnology 111
6 Risk and Risk Management 127
7 Journey to the Origin: Biological Integrity and Agriculture 143
8 Three Concepts of Genetic Trespassing 149
9 Ten Reasons Why Biotechnology Will Be Important in the Developing World 161
10 Ten Reasons Why Biotechnology Will Not Ensure Food Security, Protect the Environment, or Reduce Poverty in the Developing World 175
Pt. III Food Biotechnology 183
11 The Scientific and Health Aspects of Genetically Modified Foods: Rapporteurs' Summary 191
12 The Safety of Foods Developed by Biotechnology 203
13 Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods and Crops: Why We Need a Global Moratorium 213
14 Why We Need Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food 221
15 Ethical Issues in Food Biotechnology 231
Pt. IV Animal Biotechnology 247
16 A Critical View of the Genetic Engineering of Farm Animals 261
17 The "Frankenstein Thing": The Moral Impact of Genetic Engineering of Agricultural Animals on Society and Future Science 271
18 On the Ethics of Using Animals for Human Benefit 287
19 The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research 299
20 Artificial Lives: Philosophical Dimensions of Farm Animal Biotechnology 309
21 Genetic Engineering as Animal Slavery 325
22 Uncertainty in Xenotransplantation: Individual Benefit versus Collective Risk
23 Critical Ethical Issues in Clinical Trials with Xenotransplants 351
Pt. V Human Genetic Testing and Therapy 359
24 Social, Legal, and Ethical Implications of Genetic Testing 375
25 Genetic Links, Family Ties, and Social Bonds: Rights and Responsibilities in the Face of Genetic Knowledge 419
26 Privacy and the Control of Genetic Information 439
27 The Ethics of Somatic Cell Gene Therapy 461
28 Human Inheritable Genetic Modifications: Assessing Scientific, Ethical, Religious, and Policy Issues 495
29 Germ-Line Genetic Engineering and Moral Diversity: Moral Controversies in a Post-Christian World 503
Pt. VI Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research 517
30 Human Cloning: Report and Recommendations of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission 527
31 The Wisdom of Repugnance 551
32 Genetic Encores: The Ethics of Human Cloning 573
33 Stem Cell Research and Applications: Findings and Recommendations 583
34 On Human Embryos and Stem Cell Research: An Appeal for Legally and Ethically Responsible Science and Public Policy 593
Suggestions for Further Study 603
Study Cases 607
Index 623
About the Editors 643
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