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Genes, Cells and Brains: The Promethean Promises of the New Biology [Paperback]

Hilary Rose , Steven Rose
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21 Mar 2014
Our fates lie in our genes and not in the stars, said James Watson, co-discoverer 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 miraculous cures and radical new ways of understanding who we are. But where is the new world we were promised? Now updated with a new afterword, "Genes, Cells and Brains "asks why the promised cornucopia of health benefits has failed to emerge and reveals the questionable enterprise that has grown out of bioethics. The authors, feminist sociologist Hilary Rose and neuroscientist Steven Rose, examine the establishment of biobanks, the rivalries between public and private gene sequencers, and the rise of stem cell research. The human body is becoming a commodity, and the unfulfilled promises of the science behind this revolution suggest profound failings in genomics itself.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; Reprint edition (21 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178168314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781683149
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fascinating, lucid and angry book by the sociologist Hilary Rose and the neurobiologist Steven Rose boasts abundant targets and a lethally impressive hit ratio. --Steven Poole, Guardian

On my must-read list! --Margaret Atwood

Genes, Cells and Brains is an angry book. It is also an important one ... contains wonderful descriptions of the science behind the new biology --Time 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Science, society and capitalism 26 Aug 2014
The Roses have produced a timely book which looks at the promises made by genetic science and the mapping of the human genome and how they stand up to scrutiny.

This is done via a historical survey about past claims as to how biology can explain humanity's problems or provide solutions to them - here eugenics raises its ugly head. The authors also examine the philosophical, political and economic assumptionsmade those who announce great claims for the new biology. The attempts to make out that humanity can be reduced to biology and the role of business in determining what research takes place and what does not.

An excellent warning not to take the commercially motivated claims of science at face value.
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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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