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Justine Burley , John Harris

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July 23 2004 Blackwell Companions to Philosophy (Book 21)
A Companion to Genethics is the first substantial study of the multifaceted dimensions of the genetic revolution and its philosophical, ethical, social and political significance.
  • Brings together the best and most influential writing about the ethics of genetics;
  • Includes 33 newly-commissioned essays, all written by prominent figures in the field;
  • Shows how there is scarcely a part of our lives left unaffected by the impact of the new genetics.

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    “The editors are to be congratulated on compiling such a stimulating and provocative volume. This is for those who wish to examine the basis of human bioethics thoroughly, whether they be novice or expert. Those who think they have clear attitudes to many of the ethical and social issues raised by developments in human genetics are likely to be forced to rethink at least some of their positions by the challenging and well-presented arguments that have been gathered together here."

    Angus Clarke, University of Wales


    "This timely book makes clear that genetic research will transform healthcare, choices about children, and standards of property. The contributors here stake out key questions facing health professionals and social policy makers, and they have insightful things to say about how we should go about answering those questions."

    Timothy F. Murphy, University of IllinoisCollege of Medicine at Chicago


    " ... Genethics makes some important contributions, offering a primer on key aspects of contemporary genetics before focusing on some of the most important ethical, legal, economic, political issues facing researchers, politicians, and, to some extent, the general population ... The book's strengths are its multidisciplinary approach, the overall quality of its contributions, and the refusal of most contributors to oversimplify and risk the microdeterminism of many popular essays." Choice

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    The completion of the human genome project in 2000 dramatically emphasized the imminent success of the genetic revolution. The ethical and social consequences of this scientific development are immense. From human reproduction to life-extending therapies, from the impact on gender and race to public health and public safety, there is scarcely a part of our lives left unaffected by the impact of the new genetics. A Companion to Genethics is the first substantial study of the multifaceted dimensions of the genetic revolution and its philosophical, ethical, social, and political significance. It brings together the best and most influential contemporary writing about genethics. An intriguing foreword by Lee Silver, along with newly commissioned essays from prominent figures in the current debate, provide a wide-ranging and fascinating scholarly analysis of all the issues that arise from this explosive science.

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