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    DescriptionHardly a month goes by without a media report proclaiming that researchers have discovered the gene for some complex human behavior or trait-intelligence, dyslexia, shyness, homosexuality. The practical implications of genetic research can bring great good-relieving parents of self-blame for a child's schizophrenia or autism and possibly treating genetic diseases in the future. Other findings-or pernicious interpretations of them-can cause great harm, for example, by establishing flawed connections between genetics, race, and educational attainment. Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics brings together an interdisciplinary group of contributors-human geneticists, humanists, social scientists, lawyers, and journalists-to discuss the ethical and social implications of behavioral genetics research. The essays give readers the necessary tools to critically analyze the findings of behavioral geneticists, explore competing interpretations of the ethical and social implications of those findings, and engage in a productive public conversation about them. This volume provides an accessible introduction to a fascinating and controversial science and the societal and individual implications of its continuing development.


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    Title
    Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics
    Subtitle
    Science, Ethics, and Public Conversation
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Erik Parens, Edited by Audrey R. Chapman, Edited by Nancy Press
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 376
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801890918
    ISBN 10: 0801890918
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PSAK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JMAL
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    B&T General Subject: 510
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    Abridged Dewey: 616
    LC classification: RC
    B&T Merchandise Category: MAJ
    BISAC V2.8: MED050000, MED107000
    DC22: 155.7
    BISAC V2.8: PSY024000
    B&T Approval Code: A60192500, A60505648
    Thema V1.0: PSAK, MBDC, JMAL
    Illustrations note
    1 halftone, 9 line drawings
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    21 October 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Erik Parens is a senior research scholar at the Hastings Center and a visiting professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Audrey R. Chapman is a professor of community medicine and Healey Chair in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Nancy Press is a professor at the School of Nursing and the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University.
    Review quote
    This volume presents a fair and honest treatment of the field that is both cautious at times and also optimistic and hopeful. -- James Sage Metapsychology 2006 Informative, provocative, and challenging, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand this emerging field. -- Bonnie Steinbock Social Theory and Practice 2006 What sets this collection apart from others is the way that contributions from a diverse authorship are integrated to form a coherent whole... Doubtless this book will soon become a classic within behavioral genetics, and compulsory reading for the non-specialist seeking to understand the basic scientific, social and ethical issues within the field. -- Jonathan P. Roiser American Journal of Bioethics 2007 Promoting public conversation about behavioral genetics will be increasingly pertinent to creating enlightened, fair, and representative public policy... The 'wrestling' will go on for some time to come. -- John I. Nurnberger, M.D., Ph.D. New England Journal of Medicine 2006 Highly recommended. Choice 2009
    Back cover copy
    "Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics" brings together an interdisciplinary group of contributors--geneticists, humanists, social scientists, lawyers, and journalists--to discuss the ethical and social implications of behavioral genetics research. The essays give readers the necessary tools to critically analyze the findings of behavioral geneticists, explore competing interpretations of the ethical and social implications of those findings, and engage in a productive public conversation about them. "What sets this collection apart from others is the way that contributions from a diverse authorship are integrated to form a coherent whole... Doubtless this book will soon become a classic within behavioral genetics and compulsory reading for the non-specialist seeking to understand the basic scientific, social, and ethical issues within the field."-- "American Journal of Bioethics""Informative, provocative, and challenging, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand this emerging field."-- "Social Theory and Practice""Promoting public conversation about behavioral genetics will be increasingly pertinent to creating enlightened, fair, and representative public policy... The 'wrestling' will go on for some time to come."-- "New England Journal of Medicine""This volume presents a fair and honest treatment of the field that is both cautious at times and also optimistic and hopeful."-- "Metapsychology"Erik Parens is a senior research scholar at the Hastings Center and a visiting professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Audrey R. Chapman is a professor of community medicine and Healey Chair in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Nancy Press is a professor at the School of Nursing and the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University.