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The Perfect Baby

The Perfect Baby

by Glenn McGee
     
 
Humankind is currently witnessing an unprecedented revolution in the science of genetics but struggling with the moral dilemmas that these advances have created. With the Human Genome Project, gene therapy, and evidence that genes are directly linked to homosexuality, intelligence, and obesity, we see that genetic discoveries may have the power to change the course of

Overview

Humankind is currently witnessing an unprecedented revolution in the science of genetics but struggling with the moral dilemmas that these advances have created. With the Human Genome Project, gene therapy, and evidence that genes are directly linked to homosexuality, intelligence, and obesity, we see that genetic discoveries may have the power to change the course of human life. Critics condemn genetic technology as "playing God," while optimists promise genetic cures for every disease, an enhanced human nature, or the emancipation of women through technology. Both camps agree that we need to develop a radically new ethics for this era. The Perfect Baby is a clarion call for a more realistic discussion of biotechnology. McGee challenges the common assumption that we are essentially determined by a genetic blueprint. He denies the necessity of a new "Genethics," arguing that the wisdom we need can be found in the everyday experience of parents. The Perfect Baby dramatically alters the terms of the moral debate for parents, policymakers, scientists, philosophers, theologians, and physicians.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
A book for those perplexed by the philosophical and ethical conundrums of genetics in the 21st century.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
McGee develops a very powerful line of reasoning about genetic enhancement.
— Laurence B. McCullough
The Washington Times
. . . useful to just about everyone who must grapple with the new genetics.
Teaching Philosophy
McGee's application of the pragmatic method to issues in bioethics is both timely and effective. McGee's excellent final chapters will give students of all levels a perspective that cannot be found in other books of the kind.
Bioethics
McGee provides a highly readable and informative account of current and future uses of genetic technology.
— Susanne Gibson
Newsletter Of The Society For The Advancement Of American
McGee's book breathes all the virtues of a pioneering work. it puts the issue of human genetic engineering in a fresh perspective, draws the attention to many valuable points, and raises a number of important questions.
— Cornelis de Waal
N. P. R.'S Voices In The Family
Finally— a good book about genetics— that makes these fascinating issues understandable to the families who need to know.
The Troy Citizen
[McGee sees] the real task as helping ordinary families "who are trying to decide about genetic tests" so he explains them with humor and understanding. This is an important book in the continuing exploration of bioethics!
— Dave Kirby

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847683437
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/26/1996
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Glenn McGee is assistant professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania and senior fellow in health economics at the Leonard Institute of the Wharton School.

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