Genetic Revolution and Human Rights

ISBN-10: 0192862014
ISBN-13: 9780192862013
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/29/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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.

Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence. His title An Appetitie for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

Contributors
Acknowledgements
Cloning People
Why Human Cloning Should not be Attempted
Dolly: The Age of Biological Control
Cloning and Individuality
Who Should have Access to Genetic Information?
Bad Genetic Luck and Health Insurance
Clones, Genes, and Human Rights
Cloning and Public Policy
Eugenics and Human Rights
Eugenics and Genetic Manipulation
Silver Spoons and Golden Genes
Tin Genes and Compensation
A Perspective from Africa on Human Rights and Genetic Engineering
Rights and Beyond
Endnotes
Index

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