Engineering the Human Germline

Engineering the Human Germline : An Exploration of the Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children

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This book explores the many prospects, challenges and ethical questions of engineering our reproductive cells. It is an accessible, three-part examination, moving from focused, realistic assessments of the possibilities and problems for this advancing technology to a section of short essays on the implications of our technological ability by practicing ethicists, lawyers, theologians, public policy workers, and scientists. Also included in this exploration is a panel discussion in which leading scientists, ethicists, and public policy workers give voice to their thoughts and concerns regarding our impending genetic technologies. Many of the world leaders in these fields: Leroy Hood, French Anderson, Mario Capecchi, Daniel Koshland, Michael Rose, Lee Silver, and James Watson, have contributed to this volume, providing the tools needed to debate the subject of germline engineering. If you have ever pondered the question: "Would I be willing to genetically alter my own child-to-be, given a safe, reliable technology, offering a tempting possibility?", this book will be an indispensable guide in that more

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  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 159.5 x 240.3 x 20.3mm | 462.81g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 4 line illustrations
  • 0195133021
  • 9780195133028
  • 1,728,546

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The participants, mostly drawn from Us academic institutions, fall into three categories: eminent practising scientists; panelists, including James Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA; and commentators- scientists, ethcicists and theologians * Nature * ...interesting reading. * Heredity * The book should be commended for bringing to the fore the possibilityof germline manipulation within the next decade * New Genetics & Society *show more

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Section One ; 1. A vision for human germline engineering ; 2. The human genome project - launch pad for human genetic engineering ; 3. Ethics and Safety ; 4. Human germline gene therapy: how and why ; 5. A new front in the battel against disease ; 6. Aging as a target for genetic engineering ; 7. Reprogenetics: how reproductive and genetic technolgies will be combined to provide new opportunities for people to reach their reproductive goals ; Section Two ; Panel: The road ahead ; Section Three"R ; 1. Other voices - Introduction ; 2. Parental choices ; 3. Thoughts on the... ; 4. The psycho-social limits on human germline modification ; 5. Do we know ourselves well enough to be engineering humans? ; 6. Germline manipulation ; 7. Maximize parental choice ; 8. Our societal obligations for keeping human nature untouched ; 9. The question of purpose ; 10. Gene modification technology ; 11. Justice and the germline ; 12. Human germ line intervention: What's the fuss about? ; 13. Germline culture: The genetics of hubris ; 14. Liberty, equality, and solidarity in our genetically engineered future ; 15. Would humanity be better off...Or, what would it be better for? ; 16. Human dignity should not keep us from genetically engineering our children ; 17. Universal bioethics for the human germline ; 18. Multi-jurisdiction regulation of germline intervention 'A policy with neither virtue nor prospect of success ; Section 4. Chapter Contributors and Essay Contributorsshow more

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