The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights

The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights : In Support of Amnesty International

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Are eugenics practices morally defensible? Who should have access to genetic information about particular individuals? What dangers for cultural and racial diversity do developments in genetics pose? And how should scientific research be regulated and by whom? These are some of the questions addressed in this book, which comprises the 1998 Oxford Amnesty Lectures. The lecturers are all respected in their specific field, including Hilary Putnam, Ian Wilmut (co-creator of 'Dolly' the sheep), and Jonathan Glover. Each lecture is proceeded by a discussion article written by prominent lawyers, scientists, and philosophers, and a foreword has been written by Richard Dawkins. Fascinating and thought-provoking, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the future of genetics and humankind.
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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 129 x 194.8 x 15.2mm | 303.57g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192862014
  • 9780192862013

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This volume contains the 1998 Oxford Amnesty Lectures, addressing the human rights risks of the new genetics. The lectures discuss human cloning, privacy and health insurance, eugenic threats, concerns about distributive justice, and human rights issues in Africa. Contributors are Hilary Putnam, Ian Wilmut, Bartha Maria Knoppers, John Harris, Jonathan Glover, Hillel Steiner, and Solomon R. Benatar. * The Hastings Center Report *
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About Justine Burley

Justine Burley is Simon Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester, and is a part-time lecturer in Politics at Exeter College, Oxford. She is the editor of Ronald Dworkin and His Critics (1999, Blackwell) and (with John Harris) of A Companion to Genethics (1999, Blackwell). She is currently working on a monograph entitled Genetic Justice, which will be part of the forthcoming OUP series Issues in Biomedical
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Table of contents

1. Cloning People ; Why Human Cloning Should Not be Attempted ; 2. Dolly: the age of biological control ; Dolly: before and after ; 3. Who Should Have Access to Genetic Information? ; Bad Genetic Luck and Health Insurance ; 4. Clones, Genes, and Human Rights ; Cloning and Public Policy ; 5. Eugenics and Human Rights ; Eugenics and Genetic Manipulation ; 6. Silver Spoons and Golden Genes ; Tin Genes and Compensation ; 7. A Perspective from Africa on Human Rights and Genetic Engineering ; Rights and Beyond ; Notes; Index
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