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In Our Own Image [Hardcover]

David Galton


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Feb. 3 2004
In the continuing media furore over "designer babies" and the race to complete the map of human DNA - in other words, to identify the individual genes that make us who we are - scientists and commentators rarely use the word that describes this new ethical and technical minefield: "eugenics". Since the horrendous experiments of Nazi death camps the word has laboured under a sinister reputation, yet those perverted and racially motivated abominations should not blind us to what eugenics really is: the use of science for the qualitative and quantitative improvement of our genetic constitution.

David Galton's superbly clear-headed, sensible and accessible survey of the history, ethics and potential of this much-maligned branch of science makes fascinating reading. From Ancient Greece to Charles Darwin, Adolf Hitler and the Human Genome Project, IN OUR OWN IMAGE is a brilliant account of our struggle to change the way we are, and where that struggle might take us in the future.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown (Feb. 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316855928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316855921
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,630,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rare book: level-headed, compassionate, dismissive of the reactions of the populist politicians, and comprehensive in its treatment of the dangers and benefits of the genetic modification of people. If you haven't been following the debate closely, this is the book to buy. NEW SCIENTIST

About the Author

David Galton is Professor of the Department of Metabolism and Genetics at Bart's Hospital in London.

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