Code of Codes Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project

ISBN-10: 0674136462
ISBN-13: 9780674136465
Edition: 1992
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The human genome is the key to what makes us human. Composed of the many different genes found in our cells, it defines our possibilities and limitations as members of the species. The ultimate goal of the pioneering project outlined in this book is to map our genome in detail -- an achievement that will revolutionize our understanding of human development and the expression of both our normal traits and our abnormal characteristics, such as disease. The Code of Codes is a collective exploration of the substance and possible consequences of this project in relation to ethics, law, and society as well as to science, technology, and medicine. The many debates on the human genome project are prompted in part by its extraordinary cost, which has raised questions about whether it represents the invasion of biology by the kind of Big Science symbolized by highenergy accelerators. While addressing these matters, this book recognizes that far more than money is at stake. Its intent is not to advance naive paeans for the project but to stimulate thought about the serious issues--scientific, social, and ethical--that it provokes. The Code of Codes comprises incisive essays by stellar figures in a variety of fields, including James D. Watson and Walter Gilbert and the social analysts of science Dorothy Nelkin and Evelyn Fox Keller. An authoritative review of the scientific underpinnings of the project is provided by Horace Freeland Judson, author of the bestselling Eighth Day of Creation. The book's broad and balanced coverage and the expertise of its contributors make The Code of Codes the most comprehensive and compelling exploration available on this historymaking project.

Preface
History, Politics, and Genetics
Out of Eugenics: The Historical Politics of the Human Genome
A History of the Science and Technology Behind Gene Mapping and Sequencing
Genetics, Technology, and Medicine
A Vision of the Grail
The Challenges to Technology and Informatics
DNA-Based Medicine: Prevention and Therapy
Biology and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century
A Personal View of the Project
Ethics, Law, And Society
The Social Power of Genetic Information
DNA Fingerprinting: Science, Law, and the Ultimate Identifier
Clairvoyance and Caution: Repercussions from the Human Genome Project
Genetic Technology and Reproductive Choice: An Ethics for Autonomy
Health Insurance, Employment Discrimination, and the Genetics Revolution
Nature, Nurture, and the Human Genome Project
Reflections
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Glossary
Contributors
Index

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