Double-Edged Helix Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society

ISBN-10: 0801879264

ISBN-13: 9780801879265

Edition: 2002

Authors: Joseph S. Alper, Catherine Ard, Adrienne Asch, Jon Beckwith, Lisa N. Geller

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The Double-Edged Helix explores the impact of recent genetic discoveries on both different population segments and society as a whole. The authors address the medical and ethical implications of the new technologies, outlining potential positive and negative effects of genetic research on minorities, individuals with disabilities, and those of diverse sexual orientations. Presenting a wide array of perspectives, this book emphasizes the need to ensure that research into genetics research does not result in discrimination against people on the basis of their DNA.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Jon Beckwith is American Cancer Society Research Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School.

List of Contributors
Introduction: Perspectives on Perspectives
Genetic Complexity in Human Disease and Behavior
Geneticists in Society, Society in Genetics
Genetics and Behavior in the News: Dilemmas of a Rising Paradigm
Advocacy Groups and the New Genetics
Invisible Women: Gender, Genetics, and Reproduction
Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion: A Challenge to Practice and Policy
African American Perspectives on Genetic Testing
Genetics, Race, and Ethnicity: Searching for Differences
The Origins of Homosexuality: No Genetic Link to Social Change
Diversity and Complexity in Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transsexual Responses to the "Gay-Gene" Debates
The Commercialization of Genetic Technologies: Raising Public Awareness
Individual, Family, and Societal Dimensions of Genetic Discrimination: A Case Study Analysis
Current Developments in Genetic Discrimination
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