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Redesigning Humans

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Publisher Comments:

Forget worries about cloning people. In the future, technological advances will bring far more meaningful and controversial changes to our offspring, says Gregory Stock. As scientists rapidly improve their ability to identify and manipulate genes, people will want to protect their future children from diseases, help them live longer, and even influence their looks and their abilities. Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, clearly shows that neither governments nor religious groups will be able to stop the coming trend of choosing an embryo's genes.

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Stock (medicine, technology, and society; U. of California at Los Angeles) speculates about the arrival of the <:u>bermensch via the purposeful alteration of the human genome. He argues that there is no possibility of limiting through law or any other means the growth of "germinal choice technology." While we may need to look to the Nazis as a cautionary lesson, the new eugenics is viewed as likely leading to a new species of superhumans.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking work, Redesigning Humans tackles the controversial subject of engineering the human germline — the process of permanently altering the genetic code of an individual so that the changes are passed on to the offspring. Gregory Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, has glimpsed the inevitable future of biomedical engineering. Within decades, Stock asserts, technological advances will bring meaningful changes to our offspring; this scientific revolution promises to fundamentally alter the human species. With recent findings presented in a new afterword, Stock's provocative assessment cuts through the debate to envision an age of radical biotechnological advancement and unprecedented human choice.

Synopsis:

Forget worries about cloning people. In the future, technological advances will bring far more meaningful and controversial changes to our offspring, says Gregory Stock. As scientists rapidly improve their ability to identify and manipulate genes, people will want to protect their future children from diseases, help them live longer, and even influence their looks and their abilities. Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, clearly shows that neither governments nor religious groups will be able to stop the coming trend of choosing an embryo's genes.

Synopsis:

In a book that is sure to elicit an emotional response from readers, Stock shows that governments, religious groups, and others with ethical and moral concerns will not be able to stop the coming trend of choosing genes at the embryo stage. The book includes bracing ideas from major scientific figures such as James Watson.

About the Author

Gregory Stock, director of the Program of Medicine, Technology, and Society at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, has also written, among other books, Metaman: The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism and the best-selling volume on ethical dilemmas, The Book of Questions.

Table of Contents

Contents 1. The Last Human 1 2. Our Commitment to Our Flesh 19 3. Setting the Stage 35 4. Superbiology 62 5. Catching the Wave 78 6. Targets of Design 97 7. Ethics and Ideology 124 8. The Battle for the Future 153 9. The Enhanced and the Unenhanced 176 Appendix 1: Regulatory Paths in the Era of Germinal Choice 205 Appendix 2: Challenges to Come 210 Acknowledgments 213 Notes 215 Bibliography 245 Index 260

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618060269
Subtitle:
Choosing our genes, changing our future
Author:
Stock, Gregory
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Human genetics
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Genetic engineering
Subject:
Human reproductive technology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
January 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.60x5.88x1.03 in. 1.02 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by ,
A groundbreaking work, Redesigning Humans tackles the controversial subject of engineering the human germline — the process of permanently altering the genetic code of an individual so that the changes are passed on to the offspring. Gregory Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, has glimpsed the inevitable future of biomedical engineering. Within decades, Stock asserts, technological advances will bring meaningful changes to our offspring; this scientific revolution promises to fundamentally alter the human species. With recent findings presented in a new afterword, Stock's provocative assessment cuts through the debate to envision an age of radical biotechnological advancement and unprecedented human choice.
"Synopsis" by , Forget worries about cloning people. In the future, technological advances will bring far more meaningful and controversial changes to our offspring, says Gregory Stock. As scientists rapidly improve their ability to identify and manipulate genes, people will want to protect their future children from diseases, help them live longer, and even influence their looks and their abilities. Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, clearly shows that neither governments nor religious groups will be able to stop the coming trend of choosing an embryo's genes.
"Synopsis" by , In a book that is sure to elicit an emotional response from readers, Stock shows that governments, religious groups, and others with ethical and moral concerns will not be able to stop the coming trend of choosing genes at the embryo stage. The book includes bracing ideas from major scientific figures such as James Watson.
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