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Science and EthicsBernard Rollin historically and conceptually examines the ideology that denies the relevance of ethics to science. Providing an introduction to basic ethical concepts, he discusses a variety of ethical issues relevant to science and how they are ignored, to the detriment of both science and society. These issues include research on human subjects, animal research, genetic engineering, biotechnology, cloning, xenotransplantation, and stem cell research. Rollin also explores the ideological agn…

The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic EngineeringBreakthroughs in genetics present us with a promise and a predicament. The promise is that we will soon be able to treat and prevent a host of debilitating diseases. The predicament is that our newfound genetic knowledge may enable us to manipulate our nature―to enhance our genetic traits and those of our children. Although most people find at least some forms of genetic engineering disquieting, it is not easy to articulate why. What is wrong with re-engineering our nature?The Case again…

Genetic Engineering: Science and Ethics on the New Frontier This book introduces readers to important ethical issues that arise in the realm of genetic engineering. It provides the basic science and ethical analysis necessary to assess central issues confronting our society in this emerging area of research. At the end, readers will be able to formulate their own positions on these crucial issues. Chapter topics include professional and practical principles of conduct, the biological basics, from cell to test tube, the biology of genetic therapy, the l…

Negotiating Bioethics: The Governance of UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme (Genetics and Society)The sequencing of the entire human genome has opened up unprecedented possibilities for healthcare, but also ethical and social dilemmas about how these can be achieved, particularly in developing countries. UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme was established to address such issues in 1993. Since then, it has adopted three declarations on human genetics and bioethics (1997, 2003 and 2005), set up numerous training programmes around the world and debated the need for an international convention on hum…

Improving Nature?: The Science and Ethics of Genetic Engineering (Canto)Little more than a decade ago the term “genetic engineering” was hardly known outside research laboratories. Today it regularly makes headlines. Those in favor of genetic engineering–and those against it–tell us that it has the potential to change our lives perhaps more than any other scientific or technological advance. But what are the likely consequences of genetic engineering? Is it ethically acceptable? Should we be trying to improve on nature? In Improving Nature?, the authors, a biologi…

Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and GovernanceGenome editing is a powerful new tool for making precise alterations to an organism’s genetic material. Recent scientific advances have made genome editing more efficient, precise, and flexible than ever before. These advances have spurred an explosion of interest from around the globe in the possible ways in which genome editing can improve human health. The speed at which these technologies are being developed and applied has led many policymakers and stakeholders to express concern abo…

Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic ChoiceWe stand on the brink of unprecedented growth in our ability to understand and change the human genome. New reproductive technologies now enable parents to select some genetic traits for their children, and soon it will be possible to begin to shape ourselves as a species. Despite the loud cries of alarm that such a prospect inspires, Ronald Green argues that we will—and we should—undertake the direction of our own evolution. A leader in the bioethics community, Green offers a scientifically …

The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American MedicineAlmost daily we hear news stories, advertisements, and scientific reports promising that genetic medicine will make us live longer, enable doctors to identify and treat diseases before they harm us, and individualize our medical care. But surprisingly, a century ago eugenicists were making the same promises. This book traces the history of the promises of medical genetics and of the medical dimension of eugenics. While mindful of the benefits of genetic medicine, the book also considers social a…

The Future of Human Reproduction: Ethics, Choice, and Regulation (Issues in Biomedical Ethics)This important and timely volume in the Issues in Biomedical Ethics series gathers an impressive cast of philosophers, physicians, and lawyers from several countries and from several cultural perspectives who together offer accessible and up-to-date coverage of a host of crucial issues touching on the future of human reproduction. Articles from contributors such as Jonathan Glover, Bonnie Steinbock, Marie Fox, Guido de Wert, and Gamal I. Secour engage topics such as eugenics, fertility treatment…