Genetic Engineering (Historical Guides to Controversial Issues in America Series)

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Genetic engineering has quickly become one of the more controversial issues of our time. Herring provides a detailed history of the debate in a fair and balanced manner, using proponents' points of view to make individual cases, both pro and con. Narrative chapters cover such topics as the Human Genome Project, gene splicing, cloning, genetically altered foods, and DNA and crime-solving.

Students and the general public will find a comprehensive survey of the genetic engineering ...

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Overview

Genetic engineering has quickly become one of the more controversial issues of our time. Herring provides a detailed history of the debate in a fair and balanced manner, using proponents' points of view to make individual cases, both pro and con. Narrative chapters cover such topics as the Human Genome Project, gene splicing, cloning, genetically altered foods, and DNA and crime-solving.

Students and the general public will find a comprehensive survey of the genetic engineering debate. Appendices include statements from Robert P. George and Peter Singer, two of the most prominent scholars on the subject, and a bibliography of print and electronic resources for further research.

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"The book explores issues surrounding research into stem cells, cells' building blocks; eugenics, breeding for desirable traits; cloning, cell and laboratory implants; and gene splicing, introducing a new gene into genetic matter, among other things."

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"Herring takes a balanced approach in his description of this controversial issue, starting with a review of public perceptions of genetic engineering and the history of the field from Mendel onward. He explains the techniques and how they apply to plants, animals and humans, the treatment of disease, the use of DNA in court cases, and future trends. General readers and students will find the well-chosen biography especially helpful."

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Meet the Author

MARK Y. HERRING is Dean of Library Services at Winthrop University. He has worked in librarianship for more than two decades. He has written numerous books, articles, and scores of reviews for magazines and journals both in and out of the library profession, including The Pro-Life/Choice Debate (Greenwood, 2003).

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Table of Contents

1 "It's alive!" : public perceptions of genetic engineering 1
2 History of genetic engineering from Mendel to (genome) maps 13
3 Splicing, dicing, and cloning to Asilomar and beyond 37
4 Frankenfood or Miracle-Gro? : agricultural applications of genetic engineering 61
5 Well, hello, Dolly : animal applications of genetic engineering 83
6 Where no man (or woman) has gone before : the human genome project 95
7 The doctor will see you now : genetic engineering and the treatment of diseases 103
8 Just the facts, Ma'am : genetic engineering, DNA evidence, and the courts 123
9 Endgame : genetic engineering, future trends, current recommendations 133
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