Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age: Why We Need a Genetic Bill of Rights

Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age: Why We Need a Genetic Bill of Rights

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age: Why We Need a Genetic Bill of Rights

Academics, advocates, and activists argue that societies need a genetic bill of rights to protect the civil liberties, communitarian values, and minority rights of people against a technology that is out of control. The work with the ten principles that comprise the Genetic Bill of Rights developed by the Council for Responsible Genetics, which also produced the volume. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 9780742543409
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/11/2005
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Part IBiodiversity9
1Genetics, "Natural Rights," and the Preservation of Biodiversity11
2The Right to Biodiversity: A Concept Rooted in International Law and Understanding17
Part IILife Patents27
3Life Patents and Democratic Values29
4New Enclosures: Why Civil Society and Governments Should Look Beyond Life Patents40
5Life Patents Undermine the Exchange of Technology and Scientific Ideas49
Part IIIGenetically Engineered Food55
6Food Free of Genetic Engineering: More Than a Right57
7A Right to GE-Free Food: The Case of Maize Contamination71
8Ensuring the Public's Right to Safe Food79
Part IVIndigenous Peoples85
9Acts of Self-Determination and Self-Defense: Indigenous Peoples' Responses to Biocolonialism87
10Global Trade and Intellectual Property: Threats to Indigenous Resources98
11Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Resource Rights107
Part VEnvironmental Genotoxins115
12Arguing for a Right to Genetic Integrity117
13Refocusing Genomics Toward the Human Health Effects of Chemically Induced Mutations126
14"Omics," Toxics, and the Public Interest132
Part VIEugenics139
15Procreative Autonomy Versus Eugenic and Economic Interests of the State141
16A Disability Rights Approach to Eugenics146
Part VIIGenetic Privacy151
17Genetic Privacy in the Health Care System153
18Biotechnology's Challenge to Individual Privacy159
Part VIIIGenetic Discrimination165
19Beyond Genetic Anti-discrimination Legislation167
20Analyzing Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace173
21Disability Rights and Genetic Discrimination178
Part IXExculpatory DNA Evidence183
22A Fundamental Right to Post-conviction DNA Testing185
23Forensic DNA: The Criminal Defendant's Right to an Independent Expert194
Part XPrenatal Genetic Modification201
24The Perils of Human Developmental Modification203
25Human Rights in a Post-human Future209
26Rights for Fetuses and Embryos?216
Afterword: Focusing Ingenuity with Human Rights219
AppendixThe Genetic Bill of Rights223
About the Editors231
About the Contributors233

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