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Overview

'Genethics' is the most lucid and authoritative guide for general readers to modern genetic technology and the myriad ethical issues it raises.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
[This] book deserves wide attention for its timely warning of problems now on the cultural horizon.
Journal of the American Medical Association

In standard biomedical texts, mechanical processes such as replication and transcription are described with excruciating dryness. Here, metaphors animate the narrative, restoring through art some of the natural beauty of science...To the authors' credit, they have written an excellent book that, if widely read, will provide much of the technical education and ethical sensitization needed to broaden public debate.
— Richard C. Hermann

Medical Humanities Journal

The discussion of genetic science is commendably clear. Suzuki and Knudtson, good writers as they are, do not merely recite the facts but tell stories that put flesh on the bones.
— Thomas H. Murray

Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
[Suzuki and Knudtson] do an outstanding job of presenting complicated ideas to a nonscientific audience, as well as covering enough detail to satisfy those with a scientific background. [Their] presentation is balanced and controversial arguments are examined from all sides.
Quarterly Review of Biology

First-rate.
— Bentley Glass

Journal of the American Medical Association - Richard C. Hermann
In standard biomedical texts, mechanical processes such as replication and transcription are described with excruciating dryness. Here, metaphors animate the narrative, restoring through art some of the natural beauty of science...To the authors' credit, they have written an excellent book that, if widely read, will provide much of the technical education and ethical sensitization needed to broaden public debate.
Medical Humanities Journal - Thomas H. Murray
The discussion of genetic science is commendably clear. Suzuki and Knudtson, good writers as they are, do not merely recite the facts but tell stories that put flesh on the bones.
Quarterly Review of Biology - Bentley Glass
First-rate.
Journal of the American Medical Association
In standard biomedical texts, mechanical processes such as replication and transcription are described with excruciating dryness. Here, metaphors animate the narrative, restoring through art some of the natural beauty of science...To the authors' credit, they have written an excellent book that, if widely read, will provide much of the technical education and ethical sensitization needed to broaden public debate.
— Richard C. Hermann
Quarterly Review of Biology
First-rate.
— Bentley Glass
Medical Humanities Journal
The discussion of genetic science is commendably clear. Suzuki and Knudtson, good writers as they are, do not merely recite the facts but tell stories that put flesh on the bones.
— Thomas H. Murray
Library Journal
The limitations of our knowledge are stressed in this excellent discussion of the ethics of genetic research. Here a Canadian scientist and a science writer have created a very thoughtful presentation on the status of our knowledge about genes (the complex mechanisms by which genes function within a cell, an organism, and a species), and the consequences of that knowledge. The recent expansion of genetic knowledge has brought the Green Revolution to agriculture and genetic screening as well as a serious loss of genetic diversity and the creation of biological weapons. Proposing ten moral principles to guide future research, the authors very effectively emphasize the folly of scientific hubris. For most science collections. A challenging book. Laurie Bartolini, Lincoln Lib., Springfield, Ill.
School Library Journal
YA-- The fields of genetics and ethics are inseparable, and therefore Genethics is an apt title. This book, accessible to non-scientists, is an introduction to both fields and their interactions. The authors state in the preface that they make no pretense that their moral arguments are completely objective; rather, a humanistic point of view has been adopted. Scenarios or case studies help readers work through a sometimes complex genethic principle, which is the focus of each chapter. The many figures and tables add greatly to the text, providing much-needed information to help readers foresee the consequences of various actions. The glossary, bibliography, and index are well done and helpful in exploring the difficult issues presented. A well-chosen chapter as a reading assignment for a biology class should produce an interesting and lively discussion.-- Carolyn Henebry, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX
Booknews
Developments in the field of genetics (including, but not limited to, human genetics) have brought into being (or at least into the realm of plausibility) a "genetic engineering" which is widely perceived to pose a diverse assortment of intricately tangled--and in many respects novel--ethical problems. The present volume, addressed to general readers (the face of the principal author will be familiar to viewers of PBS), provides a lucid account of scientific discoveries/facts which lie at the base of this development, and a balanced account of the ethical points at issue. The book desrves to be widely read, for it has been written from a clear sense that the ethical conundrums of today are in this sphere very soon going to acquire (for good or ill) "resolution" as public policy. Thirteen chapters, epilogue, glossary, suggested reading list; nicely produced, with many good figures; reasonably priced. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674345669
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,300,894
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Suzuki, a well-known geneticist and science broadcaster, is Professor of Biology at the University of British Columbia.

Peter Knudtson is a freelance science writer based in Vancouver.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

The Legacy of Genes

Dance of the Genes

The Dances of the Chromosomes

Genes in Populations

The New Choreography

The Mystery of the Man with Too Many Ys

Privacy and the Human Genome

The 'Moral Difference" between Somatic and Germ Cells

A Dark Side of the New Genetics

Developing a Sensitivity to the Sufferings of Genes

The Curious Case of the Crown Gall Bacterium

In Praise of Genetic Diversity

Deciphering the Human Genome

Epilogue: Searching for a New Mythology

Glossary

For Further Reading

Index

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