The Human Genome Project in College Curriculum: Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies

The Human Genome Project in College Curriculum: Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies




Begun formally in 1990, the U.S. Human Genome Project's (HGP) goals were to identify all the 20,000 to 25,000 genes in human DNA, determine the sequences of the three billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA, store this information in databases, improve tools for data analysis, and transfer related technologies to the private sector. It was the first large scientific undertaking to address potential issues that arose from project data, and opened up vast possibilities for the use of genetic data and the alteration of our genetic makeup. This volume is the first to address the diverse range of ethical issues arising from the HGP, and enables professors to bring this critically important topic to life in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584656951
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 06/30/2008
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

AINE DONOVAN is the Executive Director of the Ethics Institute and a faculty member of both the education department at Dartmouth College and Tuck School of Business. RONALD M. GREEN is Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Aine Donovan and Ronald M. Green Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical versus Research-Based Medicine: Fetal Surgery for Neural Tube Defects - Sonja Eubanks Gene Therapy, Gattaca, and Sara Goering: A Procedure for Ethical Deliberation on Gene Selection - Maureen Sander-Staudt Best Interests and My Sister's Keepr - Terrance McConnell Genetic Discrimination in Health Insurance: An Ethical and Economic Analysis - Ben Eggleston Drawing upon the Right to Privacy to Craft Laws to Protect Genetic Information - Julia Alpert Gladstone The Human Genome Project: Implications for the Study of Human Evolution - Alexander Werth Teaching "Ethical Futures: Implications of the Genome Project" - Tom Segady
"God, Science, and Designer Genes": An Interdisciplinary Pedagogy - Spencer Stober and Donna Yarri Genetics as Religion: Gattaca's Disquieting Vision - Ronald M. Green and Aine Donovan Teaching Genomics and Law by Exploring Genetic Predictions of Future Dangerousness: Is There a Blueprint for Violence - Erica Beecher-Monas Designer Genes: Teaching the Ethics of Genetic Research with Clustered Courses - Bethany Hicok and Joshua Corrette-Bennett Nature and Culture: Teaching ELSI in a History-of-Science Course - Myles W. Jackson Integrating ELSI Concepts into Upper Division Science Courses - Anne Galbraith Glossary of Terms Contributors Index

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Prof. Isaac M. T. Mwase

"For topics that include reproductive choices, genography, and behavioral genetics, some of America's forward-looking professors offer practical ways for teaching the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetic research. This text should be required reading for at least one course on every campus!"
Prof. Isaac M. T. Mwase, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care

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