Our Genetic Future

Our Genetic Future : The Science and Ethics of Genetic Technology

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There is increasing concern about the potential uses and misuses of genetic engineering. This authoritative report from the British Medical Association calls for new guidelines to maximize the benefits of recent breakthroughs in genetic research, and minimize the risk of serious error. The book begins by examining the history and science of genetics, from Mendel's first experiments to the unravelling of DNA and the latest developments in gene cloning and gene therapy. Actual and potential applications are discussed, not only for human but also for microorganisms, plants, and animals. The book then focuses on the social and ethical implications of genetic research. Among the issues discussed are the patenting of life, the protection of privacy, and the ethics of screening people for genetic disease. The book recommends practices, regulations, and policies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 271 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 204.12g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 21 line drawings, bibliography, index, glossary
  • 0192861565
  • 9780192861566

Table of contents

A quick overview; life and heredity; molecular biology; the techniques of molecular biology; modifying micro-organisms; modifying plants and crops; genetic modification and animals; genetic screening and gene therapy in people; current laws and guidelines; the implications of genetic modification in animals, plants and micro-organisms; the patenting of genetically modified organisms; the implications of the application of genetic modification to pharmaceutical products; the implications of the application of genetic modification to people; the implications of the human genome project.
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