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Human Cloning: Science, Ethics and Public Policy

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Is human cloning a science fiction nightmare come true? Or is it a practical avenue toward beneficial new medical treatments and techniques?

In this concise volume, experts on all sides of the debate make arguments for why we should either pursue, regulate, or ban the cloning of human beings. Balancing scientific detail with philosophical argument, Human Cloning succinctly outlines what cloning is and is not (e.g., cloning does not produce identical individuals), what has led to...

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Overview

Is human cloning a science fiction nightmare come true? Or is it a practical avenue toward beneficial new medical treatments and techniques?

In this concise volume, experts on all sides of the debate make arguments for why we should either pursue, regulate, or ban the cloning of human beings. Balancing scientific detail with philosophical argument, Human Cloning succinctly outlines what cloning is and is not (e.g., cloning does not produce identical individuals), what has led to recent scientific developments, what is now possible, and what ethical dilemmas cloning presents. Opponents claim that cloning subverts human dignity, makes a mockery of spousal love, and poses serious safety hazards. Proponents cite a range of potential benefits, such as producing transplant tissue that is less likely to be rejected, extending current techniques of artificial insemination, and controlling genetic abnormalities to prevent birth defects.

Cloning itself is not new, but as the science of cloning continues to advance--and as human cloning thus inches closer to reality--we are compelled to consider its implications for society. Human Cloning is a lucid, substantive guide to this contentious and potentially revolutionary issue.

About the Author:

Barbara MacKinnon, a professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco, is the author of Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues and the editor of American Philosophy: A Historical Anthology.

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Journal of the American Medical Association
This slim volume is an excellent primer on the science, ethics, and public policy of cloning human beings....Readers seeking a clear exposition of this contentious question will find this a useful book.
Booknews
Ten American scholars in law, philosophy, medical ethics, and biology who met at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco for a cloning conference in 1998 argue why we should either pursue, regulate, or ban cloning people. Coupling science and philosophy, the book outlines what cloning is and is not, what has led to recent scientific developments, what is now possible, and the ethical dilemmas in cloning. Topics include the history of cloning in agriculture and animal science, the various procedures gathered under the term "cloning"; the philosophical arguments pro and con, and considerations that should inform making public policy about cloning research and cloning humans. While opponents argue that cloning subverts human dignity, makes a mockery of love, and poses safety hazards, proponents see a horizon of potential: production of rejectant-resistant transplant tissues, extension of techniques for artificial insemination, and prevention of genetic deformities, not to mention lower wages for a new breed of Doublemint twins. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252024917
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/7/2000
  • Pages: 171
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Science of Cloning
1 Cloning Mammals: Methods, Applications, and Characteristics of Cloned Animals 17
2 Cloning and the Fallacy of Biological Determinism 37
Pt. 2 Ethical Issues in Cloning Humans
3 There Will Never Be Another You 53
4 Cloning Human Beings: Sorting through the Ethical Issues 68
5 Human Cloning: Never and Why Not 85
Pt. 3 Cloning and Public Policy
6 Cloning and the Ethics of Public Policy 107
7 Crafting Cloning Policies 114
8 Human Cloning: Public Policy When Cloning Is Safe and Effective 132
9 Cloning and Public Policy: Biotechnology Lessons 153
Selected Bibliography 161
Contributors 165
Index 169
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