Gene Therapy

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Every day, newspapers and television news programs present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare and medical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites and weblogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where can students - or even ordinary citizens - go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affecting their daily lives? This volume in the Health and Medical Issues ...

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Overview

Every day, newspapers and television news programs present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare and medical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites and weblogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where can students - or even ordinary citizens - go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affecting their daily lives? This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides readers and researchers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding gene therapy and its import in today's world of healthcare.

Gene Therapy is organized to provide researchers with easy access to the information they need. Section 1 provides overview chapters on the background information needed to intelligently understand the issues and controversies surrounding gene therapy, such as the history of theories of the gene and recent developments in clinical trials. Section 2 offers capsule examinations of the contemporary issues and debates that provoke the most heated disagreements and misunderstandings, such as whether or not humans should tinker with genetic material and who pays for genetic therapies. Section 3 includes reference material on stem cells, including primary source documents from important players in the struggle over gene therapy, a timeline of important events, and an annotated bibliography of useful print and electronic resources. This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides everything a student requires to understand the issues involved in gene therapy and provides a springboard for further research into the issue.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This title in the Health and Medical Issues Today series continues the tradition of providing compact yet thorough coverage of a timely, contentious topic. Readers will find themselves moving at a galloping pace through the volume, which is written in language accessible to nonspecialists. Independent scholar Kelly offers sections on the scientific background of gene therapy, ethics and regulations, and references and resources. She introduces technical terms so that readers may better understand reports in the news and in research publications. Cautioning that gene therapy is poorly understood, Kelly emphasizes that research in the field advances slowly, and that many people overestimate its potential for miracle cures. She covers milestone experiments; patterns of genetic inheritance of diseases and conditions; and ethical, social, and religious issues related to gene therapy. Regulation of research on human subjects in the US and other countries is addressed in chapters and in a 51-page appendix. The content is very current, with a further reading list that includes items from December 2006. A time line covers 5000 BCE to 2005…. Recommended. All undergraduates, general readers, and professionals/practitioners."

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Choice

"This book addresses the important issue of gene therapy in human disease states….the book gives an excellent background for the structure of DNA, RNA, and genes."

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The Journal of the American Medical Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313337604
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2007
  • Series: Health and Medical Issues Today Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

EVELYN B. KELLY is a writer specializing in health and environmental topics. She is a co-author of The Skeletal System volume in the Greenwood Human Body Systems series and the author of the Stem Cells volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series.

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