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

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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.

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The human genome 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. 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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [365]-374) and index.

About the Author

Daniel Kevles is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History and Law at Yale University.

Yale University

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I History, Politics, and Genetics

1. Out of Eugenics: The Historical Politics of the Human Genome - Daniel J. Kevles

2. A History of the Science and Technology Behind Gene Mapping and Sequencing - Horace Freeland Judson

Part II Genetics, Technology, and Medicine

3. A Vision of the Grail - Walter Gilbert

4. The Challenges to Technology and Informatics - Charles Cantor

5. DNA-Based Medicine: Prevention and Therapy - C. Thomas Caskey

6. Biology and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century - Leroy Hood

7 A Personal View of the Project - James D. Watson

Part III Ethics, Law, And Society

8. The Social Power of Genetic Information - Dorothy Nelkin

9. DNA Fingerprinting: Science, Law, and the Ultimate Identifier - Eric Lander

10. Clairvoyance and Caution: Repercussions from the Human Genome Project - Nancy Wexler

11. Genetic Technology and Reproductive Choice: An Ethics for Autonomy - Ruth Schwartz Cowan

12. Health Insurance, Employment Discrimination, and the Genetics Revolution - Henry T. Greely

13. Nature, Nurture, and the Human Genome Project - Evelyn Fox Keller

14. Reflections - Daniel J. Kevles and Leroy Hood

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Glossary

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674136465
Editor:
Kevles, Daniel J.
Editor:
Hood, LeRoy
Editor:
Kevles, Daniel J.
Editor:
Hood, LeRoy
Edited:
Kevles, Daniel
Edited:
Hood, Kevles, Daniel, Leroy
Author:
Kevles, Daniel
Author:
Hood, LeRoy
Author:
Kevles, Daniel J.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Human gene mapping
Subject:
Human genome project
Subject:
Human gene mapping -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Biology-Genetics
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Biology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed.
Publication Date:
January 1992
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftones,23 line illustrations, 12 ta
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20 oz

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