Future Perfect: Confronting Decisions About Genetics / Edition 1

Future Perfect: Confronting Decisions About Genetics / Edition 1

by Lori B. Andrews
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231121636

ISBN-13: 9780231121637

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Genetic technologies have moved off the pages of science fiction and into our everyday lives. Internists now offer genetic testing for cancers and early coronary disease. Obstetricians make genetic predictions during pregnancy about a baby's future health. Even dentists are getting into the act, offering testing for a genetic propensity to peridontal disease. In

Overview

Genetic technologies have moved off the pages of science fiction and into our everyday lives. Internists now offer genetic testing for cancers and early coronary disease. Obstetricians make genetic predictions during pregnancy about a baby's future health. Even dentists are getting into the act, offering testing for a genetic propensity to peridontal disease. In this pathbreaking book, Lori Andrews provides the first detailed glimpse into how genetic testing can change your self-image, your relationships with loved ones, and your expectations about your children. She documents how ill prepared doctors are to deal with complex genetic issues. Andrews also uncovers the ways in which employers, insurers, schools, and courts have discriminated against people on the basis of their genetic make up. She traces the legal case history of genetics litigation and legislation and describes the ethical and social protections that need to be in place so that the Human Genome Project does not lead us directly toward Brave New World.

In Future Perfect, Lori Andrews offers a new plan for making decisions as individuals and as a society based on emerging issues of ethics and science. Who should have access to your personal genetic information? Should genetic treatments be used to enhance characteristics such as intelligence in "normal" individuals? Should gene therapy be undertaken on embryos, changing their genetic inheritance, as well as that of future generations? If a woman learns she has a genetic mutation predisposing her to breast cancer, does she have a moral or even a legal duty to share that information with an estranged relative? Andrews considers the answer to these and many other questions that have profound implications for health care providers, medical organizations, social institutions, legislatures, courts, and ordinary people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231121637
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Genetics Enters Our Lives2. Competing Frameworks for Genetics Policy3. The Impact of Genetic Services on Personal Life4. The Changing Face of Parenthood in the Genetics Era5. The Impact of Genetic Services on Women, People of Color, and Individuals with Disabilities6. Problems in the Delivery of Genetic Services7. The Impact of Genetics on Cultural Value and Social Institutions8. Which Conceptual Model Best Fits Genetics? Notes Index

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