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Genes, Cells and Brains: Bioscience's Promethean Promises [Hardcover]

Hilary Rose , Steven Rose
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5 Nov 2012
Our fates lie in our genes and not in the stars, said James Watson, codiscoverer of the structure of DNA. But Watson could not have predicted the scale of the industry now dedicated to this new frontier. Since the launch of the multibillion-dollar Human Genome Project, the biosciences have promised miracle cures and radical new ways of understanding who we are. But where is the new world we were promised? In GENES, CELLS AND BRAINS, feminist sociologist Hilary Rose and neuroscientist Steven Rose take on the bioscience industry and its claims. Examining the rivalries between public and private sequencers, the establishment of biobanks, and the rise of stem cell research, they ask why the promised cornucopia of health benefits has failed to emerge. Has bioethics simply become an enterprise? As bodies become increasingly commodified, perhaps the failure to deliver on these promises lies in genomics itself.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (5 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844678814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844678815
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 16.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On my must-read list! --Margaret Atwood

Fascinating, lucid and angry. --Steven Poole, Guardian

Genes, Cells and Brains is an angry book. It is also an important one... contains wonderful descriptions of the science behind the new biology. --W.F Bynum, Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

HILARY ROSE is Emerita Professor at Bradford University and Visiting Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. STEVEN ROSE is Emeritus Professor of Life Sciences at the Open University. Long active in the politics of sciences, their joint books include Science and Society and Alas Poor Darwin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Coming up roses 28 Feb 2013
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Just what one expected from this couple. A very informative book, which is thought provoking and well agrued. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 30 Dec 2012
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This book should be in the library of everybody interested in cell biology as a permanent reminder about social responsibility of scientist.
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Was expecting this to be a bit more about the "bad science" involved in the various life and particularly brain/mind sciences.

Was a bit too focussed on the sociological/political aspects of science for my interest.

Accept that these things can't be neatly separated out, but I just found the overall marxist undertow a bit under-mining of the valid points being made about the role and responsibilities of science.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Payment of UK taxes 8 Dec 2012
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I enjoyed this book but I hate the way Amazon reduces its UK taxes-I can say more in due course, once Amazon do the right thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prometheus where are you? 17 Feb 2013
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Has "Science" lost its virtue or is it all just gossip? "Eureka!" What? If you think that science is all about experiments and results; think again. As early as the natural philosophers, humanity had a taste for the fruit of that tree there, you know, the tree of knowledge. This led humanity to a road of relentless truth collecting habit which, without doubt and looking back, enhanced and changed our perception of nature's world for ever and as a consequence of us in it. This book is about some of that changing production system of scientific knowledge. "Science in Society and Society in Science". Science and society are both intertwined not unlike the mind-body problem. Henceforth, science is not without human input but it is more than the sum of its contributors. With its values, science has become this institution that one contributes to and supposedly serves to only leave aside personal agendas and values so to guarantee scientific objectivity. In an ideal world... Steven and Hilary tell us to wake up and get real. The authors have only touched a few ails that science presents to show us how easy it is to fall off the wagon. Whether we look at the Human Genome project or the work on stem cells... was this the mere result of an innate human entrepreneurial egocentrism we just can't seem to shake of which falls under the adage "we did it just because we could" and often hide and justify by using Spock's logic "The need of the many outweighs the need of the few or the one"? or is there more to it and to come but when? So does the end justify the means and is Mrs Science in need of a sponsor or a regulator like the monetary system? Should we have a Mr Science instead? And do we really have the nation's best interest at heart? Have we spent more than we can hide? People want answers. Read more ›
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