The Ethics of Genetic Commerce / Edition 1

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Our rapidly expanding genetic knowledge points toward a near future in which the elements of the human body could be produced, manipulated, commodified, and exchanged. Contributors to this groundbreaking volume - academics and practitioners from the corporate sector, representing a diversity of backgrounds in business, social science, and philosophy internationally - discuss the challenges of genetic commerce, both as a topic of understanding and as a process requiring direction, certain to remain at the core of ethical debate for decades to come. Edited by renowned business ethicist Robert W. Kolb, all articles are new for this volume.
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"These essays demonstrate the critical importance of applied ethics as we all grapple with the biotechnology revolution. These scholars use ethics to illustrate the conflicts that emerge from commercializing genetic technologies and to indicate how moral reasoning could help society make better decisions about how to deploy them. A much needed contribution to understanding the expanding role of genetic technologies in our world."
Keith Douglass Warner, Santa Clara University
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Meet the Author

Robert W. Kolb holds the Frank W. Considine Chair in Applied Ethics at Loyola University Chicago. He was formerly Assistant Dean for Business and Society (2003–2006) at the University of Colorado, and John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Finance at the University of Miami. He is author and co-author of numerous texts in finance, including Futures, Options, and Swaps, 5e (with James A. Overdahl, Blackwell, 2007) and Understanding Futures Markets, 6e (with James A. Overdahl, Blackwell, 2006).
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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
List of Contributors     x
Genetic Screening     1
Is a Genetics Screening Program for Job Applicants Ethical? An Analysis of the Conditions Necessary for Requiring Genetic Screenings in the Hiring Process   Thomas Hnrter     3
The Business Ethics of Genetic Screening   Duane Windsor     25
Genetic Commerce: The Challenges for Human Resource Management   Karen S. Markel   Lizabeth A. Barclay     42
Geneticize Me! The Case for Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing   Ronald Munson     55
Proscription, Prescription, or Market Process? Comments on Genetic Screening   Eugene Heath     70
Genetically Modified Foods     85
Transgenic Organisms, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization   Dennis Cooley     87
Commercialization of the Agrarian Ideal and Arguments against the New "Green Revolution": Feeding the World with "Frankenfoods"?   Johann A. Klaassen     109
Corporate Decisions About Labeling Genetically Modified Foods   Chris MacDonald   Melissa Whellams     127
Moral Imagination, Stakeholder Engagement, and Genetically Modified Organisms   Denis G. Arnold     139
Corporate Governance and Genetic Commerce     143
WhoOwns My Ideas About Your Body?   Asher Meir     145
Pharmaceutical Mergers and Genetic Technology: A Problematic Combination   Michael Potts     177
Stakeholder Care Theory: The Case of Genetic Engineering and Non-human Mammals   Jamie R. Hendry     190
Unresolved Issues and Further Questions: Meir, Potts, and Hendry   Laura P. Hartman     208
Index     215
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