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Just Genes: The Ethics of Genetic Technologies [Hardcover]

Carol Isaacson Barash

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30 Dec 2007 0313349002 978-0313349003 1
Advances in genetics research, largely, though not entirely, spawned by the Human Genome Project, have led to a broad array of new technologies that promise to revolutionize life as we have known it. Medicine and agriculture are already starting to utilize new technologies to greatly improve disease prevention and treatment and food production. Yet, these improvements often raise ethical questions that are not easy to untangle. Some have gone as far to as to argue that certain applications, such as embryonic stem cell research, threaten the very fiber of our moral compass. While the application of scientific advances to better humankind has always raised thorny ethical issues, the ethical impact of genetic advances arguably reaches a new height because the applicability of advances is exceptionally broad, deep, and potentially irreversible. To utilize such technologies could mean saving thousands of lives, but where and how do we draw the line? Here, Barash sheds light on the actual ethical concerns surrounding various types of genetic technologies, introducing readers to the competing issues at stake in the arguments about the scientific application of the new technologies available and those on the horizon. She begins by illustrating the history of genetic advances, their societal applications, and the ethical issues that have arisen from those applications. Using case studies and examples throughout, she walks readers through the various considerations involved in a variety of areas related to the application of genetic technologies currently available and possible in the future. Covering topics ranging from stem cell research to genetically modified food, genetic mapping to cloning, this book offers a thoughtful approach to the complex issues at play in the various fields of genetic technologies.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc.,U.S.; 1 edition (30 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313349002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313349003
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,212,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barash (independent consultant) addresses important topics including cloning, genetic modification of foods, metabolism of drugs, privacy, genes and behavior, and tissue banks in this thought-provoking book. She raises questions that most students will not have considered, e.g., the rightness of pursuing the Human Genome Project for possible medical benefits when millions of US citizens have no health insurance, and the most important ethical issues associated with animal cloning. Barash does not prescribe answers, but points out the complexities of the questions...Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty." - Choice

About the Author

Carol Isaacson Barash is the founder of Genetics, Ethics & Policy Consulting, where she has worked with leading public and private institutions to advise on the ethical use of new genomic technologies. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, BiolT World, BioNews, MSNBC, and other news outlets. She has published more than 25 articles and is contributing author to several books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and accessible 12 July 2008
By Daniel Solomon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a terrific exposition of the issues facing the 21st century in genetics, combining and unifying the moral and scientific perspectives. As a decidely middlebrow reader with little or no scientific background, I nonetheless found this this book fascinating. The author is clear, concise, and her linear organization of the material is first rate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Book 9 Jan 2008
By Janice F. Mulligan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a "must read" primer for health care professionals,politicians, health law attorneys and educators.Policy decisions about various aspects of genetic technologies are currently being shaped. Barash's book provides a framework for many of the thorny ethical issues that must be considered and addressed head-on, because the implications will mightily affect future generations. Just Genes is a blueprint for debate on specific, practical issues that genetic technologies raise. Chock-full of material and organized in an easy to digest format, the tome is the type of reference book that will be picked up and re-read time and again.
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