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Title Are genes us? : the social consequences of the new genetics / edited by Carl F. Cranor.

Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [1994]


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Physical description vi, 271 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-253) and index.
Contents Introduction / Carl F. Cranor -- 1. Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome / Larry L. Deaven -- 2. Anticipating the Consequences of Genetic Engineering: Past, Present, and Future / Charles Weiner -- 3. Vital Language / Richard Doyle -- 4. Tools for Talking: Human Nature, Weismannism, and the Interpretation of Genetic Information / James R. Griesemer -- 5. Master Molecules / Evelyn Fox Keller -- 6. Normality and Variation: The Human Genome Project and the Ideal Human Type / Elisabeth A. Lloyd -- 7. Errare Humanum Est: Do Genetic Errors Have a Future? / Camille Limoges -- 8. Genetic Causation / Carl F. Cranor -- 9. Eugenic Anxieties, Social Realities, and Political Choices / Diane B. Paul -- 10. Upside Risks: Social Consequences of Beneficial Biotechnology / Gregory S. Kavka -- 11. When Science Enters the Courtroom: The DNA-Typing Controversy / William C. Thompson -- A Selective Bibliography on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project / Michael S. Yesley.
Summary Do our genes make us human? More than a billion dollars are being spent on the Human Genome Project to map the genes on human DNA. Along with the hope of controlling many terrible diseases, the project offers the threat of changing the behavior and the qualities that define us as human. The essays in this volume argue that, to predict the social, political, and ethical consequences of the new genetics, we dare not take even the science for granted. Coming from fields as diverse as biology, law, sociology, history of science, gender studies, political science, philosophy, and rhetoric, the contributors take a hard look at the presuppositions, concepts, language, and self-descriptions of genetics itself. How has the focus on genes affected medical research and our conceptions of humanity? How have scientists closed off areas of the Human Genome Project from serious ethical discussion? How do such metaphors as code of life and master gene subtly influence our thinking? How can genes "cause" disease? How might well-intentioned genetic technologies harm society at large? And how did we go ahead with the new genetics without asking these questions first? These clear-headed essays go beyond stock criticisms of the new genetics, a comprehensive bibliography covers the ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Genome Project. This is essential reading for everyone concerned about the Human Genome Project, biotechnology, science, medicine, bioethics, and society.
Other author Cranor, Carl F.
Subject Human Genome Project.
Human gene mapping -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Human gene mapping -- Social aspects.
ISBN 0813521238 (cloth)
0813521246 (paperback)