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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lisa M Gehrke, JD, MA (Gehrke & Associates, SC)
Description: The editors provide a thought-provoking collection of articles addressing the ethical, scientific, philosophical, and sociological issues arising out of research involving the modification of inheritable genetic information. It challenges readers to consider the topic from multiple, and often opposing, perspectives.
Purpose: This book poses the question of whether the modification of inheritable genetic traits is, or should be, the new dividing line in gene therapy. In response to the question, the editors present an extraordinary compilation of articles which thoughtfully and accurately represent the variety of viewpoints on the issue.
Audience: According to the editors, this book is written for scientists, clinicians, bioethicists, attorneys, or anyone interested in public policy and debate regarding biotechnology and genetic research. They have succeeded in providing a well reasoned and authoritative collection of articles which will be of benefit to anyone interested in the field.
Features: This book examines ethical considerations in research involving the modification of inheritable genetic information from several points of view including those of scientists, bioethicists, clinicians, philosophers, social workers, and public policy advocates. In their selections, the editors demonstrate the broad and divergent scope of opinions on this issue.
Assessment: I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the ethical issues raised by gene therapy and genetic modification. The articles provide an excellent sampling of the issues raised by the research and possible solutions or points of concern.