The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 1998 / Edition 1

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Overview

The world was stunned by the announcement that scientists had successfully cloned a sheep. Suddenly, questions that had seemed merely academic or better suited to science fiction became topics for public debate. Should we clone people? Is eugenics morally defensible? Should cloning be regulated, and if so, by whom? How should genetic information about particular individuals be protected? What will be the long-term impact on cultural and racial diversity? Based on the popular Oxford Amnesty Lectures, this fascinating and thought-provoking book collects work from leaders in the field, including Hilary Putnam, Ian Wilmut (co-creator of Dolly the sheep), and Jonathan Glover. It provides an up-to-date and realistic look at many of these challenging and contentious issues. Each chapter includes an introduction to the issue by a prominent lawyer, scientist, or philosopher, and the volume features a foreword by Richard Dawkins. The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights is an invaluable guide to the potential impact of this revolutionary technology on our future.

Disc. emerging issues such as eugenics, confidentiality, genetic counseling, cloning, genetic engineering.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192862013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Series: Popular Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Justine Burley is Simon Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester, and is a part-time lecturer in Politics at Exeter College, Oxford. She is the editor of Ronald Dworkin and His Critics (1999, Blackwell) and (with John Harris) of A Companion to Genetics (1999, Blackwell). She is currently working on a monograph entitled Genetic Justice, which will be part of the forthcoming OUP series, Issues in Biomedical Ethics.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Cloning People 1
Why Human Cloning Should not be Attempted 14
2 Dolly: The Age of Biological Control 19
Cloning and Individuality 29
3 Who Should have Access to Genetic Information? 39
Bad Genetic Luck and Health Insurance 54
4 Clones, Genes, and Human Rights 61
Cloning and Public Policy 95
5 Eugenics and Human Rights 101
Eugenics and Genetic Manipulation 125
6 Silver Spoons and Golden Genes 133
Tin Genes and Compensation 151
7 A Perspective from Africa on Human Rights and Genetic Engineering 159
Rights and Beyond 190
Endnotes 194
Index 217
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