The Frankenstein Syndrome

The Frankenstein Syndrome : Ethical and Social Issues in the Genetic Engineering of Animals

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This book is a philosophically sophisticated and scientifically well-informed discussion of the moral and social issues raised by genetically engineering animals, a powerful technology which has major implications for society. Unlike other books on this emotionally charged subject, the author attempts to inform, not inflame, the reader about the real problems society must address in order to manage this technology. Bernard Rollin is both a professor of philosophy, and physiology and biophysics, and writes from a uniquely well-informed perspective on this topic. The style is non-technical and anecdotal and will ensure that the book can be used on a wide range of courses on bioethics, biotechnology, veterinary medicine and public policy. The book could also appeal to a general, non-academic reader with a serious interest in genetic engineering.
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Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus. 1 table
  • 1139172808
  • 9781139172806

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"...a philosophically sophisticated and scientifically well-informed discussion of the moral and social issues raised by geneticaly engineering animals...this book will appeal to both specialists and general readers with an interest in genetic engineering." The Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society "...the book is engaging and nicely crafted, well-informed about relevant scientific details and public policy, and constructive in tone and content...The Frankenstein Syndrome is a well-written, engaging, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book that is must reading for everyone interested in the ethics of genetic engineering. Again, all who read it are likely to learn from it." Bioethics "The Frankenstein Syndrome constitutes another important contribution to that work- and to the litertaure on genetic engineering..." Steve F. Sapontzis, Between the Species "Dr. Rollin does an excellent job dissecting the various philosophies underlying the views for and against genetic engineering of animals. Rollin examines a broad spectrum of information, and his writing style makes this book very readable for anyone seeking to better understand this important topic." Amy Coxon, Ethics & Medicine
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Table of contents

1. THere Are Certain Things Humans Were Not Meant to Do; 2. Rampaging monsters; 3. The plight of the creature.
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