The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society

The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801869648
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Joseph S. Alper, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts. Catherine Ard, M.M.H.S., is a doctoral candidate in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Adrienne Asch, Ph.D., is the Henry Luce Professor in Biology, Ethics, and the Politics of Human Reproduction at Wellesley College. Jon Beckwith, Ph.D., is American Cancer Society Research Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. Peter Conrad, Ph.D., is the Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences at Brandeis University. Lisa N. Geller, Ph.D., J.D., is an associate at Fish and Richardson, P.C., in Boston.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsvii
Introduction: Perspectives on Perspectives1
1Genetic Complexity in Human Disease and Behavior17
2Geneticists in Society, Society in Genetics39
3Genetics and Behavior in the News: Dilemmas of a Rising Paradigm58
4Advocacy Groups and the New Genetics80
5Invisible Women: Gender, Genetics, and Reproduction102
6Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion: A Challenge to Practice and Policy123
7African American Perspectives on Genetic Testing151
8Genetics, Race, and Ethnicity: Searching for Differences175
9The Origins of Homosexuality: No Genetic Link to Social Change197
10Diversity and Complexity in Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transsexual Responses to the "Gay-Gene" Debates215
11The Commercialization of Genetic Technologies: Raising Public Awareness227
12Individual, Family, and Societal Dimensions of Genetic Discrimination: A Case Study Analysis247
13Current Developments in Genetic Discrimination267

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