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Improving Nature?: The Science and Ethics of Genetic Engineeringby Michael Reiss
Synopses & Reviews
The authors examine the implications of genetic engineering in every aspect of our lives.
Book News Annotation:
Both educators, biologist Reiss (U. of London) and moral philosopher Straughan (U of Reading) describe the science underlying genetic engineering for non-biologists, and explore the moral and ethical considerations that arise from it. They make some recommendations, but tend to elucidate choices readers can make for themselves. The account first appeared in 1996, and continues here its frequent reprinting in various formats.
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A clearly written account of both the science and ethics of genetic engineering. It looks at how organisms are already being genetically engineered to provide us with new foods and medicines and asks whether we should welcome such developments or fight against them. Unlike other books on the subject, it is written jointly by a biologist and a moral philosopher and provides a balanced and readable analysis of the whole field. It will of interest to anyone who wants to know how genetic engineering may affect our lives.
Use of the term 'genetic engineering' is now commonplace in all of our everyday lives. But what are the likely consequences of genetic engineering? Is it ethically acceptable? Should we be trying to improve on nature? The authors examine the implications of genetic engineering in every aspect of our lives.
'A balanced and readable account of both the science and ethics of genetic engineering, written by a biologist and a moral philosopher. The book examines the production of new foods and medicines by genetic engineering and asks whether we should welcome such developments or fight against them.\n
Little more than a decade ago the term 'genetic engineering' was hardly known outside research laboratories, today it regularly makes headlines. Those in favour--and those against--tell us that it has the potential to change our lives perhaps more than any other scientific or technological advance. But what are the likely consequences of genetic engineering? Is it ethically acceptable? Should we be trying to improve on nature? The authors, a biologist and a moral philosopher, examine the implications of genetic engineering in every aspect of our lives.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; Part I. 2. The practicalities of genetic engineering; 3. Moral and ethical concerns; 4. Theological concerns; Part II. Overview: 5. The genetic engineering of microorganisms; 6. The genetic engineering of plants; 7. The genetic engineering of animals; 8. The genetic engineering of humans; Part III. 9. Public understanding of genetic engineering: what can education do?
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