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Bioethics for Scientists Hardcover – April 26, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0471495321 ISBN-10: 0471495328 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471495328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471495321
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,815,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"...I recommend this very readable book wholeheartedly..." (Biologist, December 2002)

"…valuable material…should be on the requires reading list for a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses…" (Biological Agriculture & Horticulture, Vol.20, 2003)

"...it is a book that morally serious scientists should dip into in order to help them engage in the scientific and ethical debate..." (Animal Welfare, August 2003)

"Biotechnologists and biomedical scientists who are interested in understanding the ethical issues that their work raises would find this book a useful introduction..." (Addiction Biology, June 2003)

From the Back Cover

Bioethics for Scientists provides an introduction to the ethics of modern life sciences and encompasses a wide range of environmental, social, scientific and medical issues. Subjects such as global warming, GM crops and the recent advances in genetics and cloning affect all areas of society. Scientists in all fields are frequently reminded of their own responsibilities, not just within their own profession but also to society.

International experts provide in-depth discussion of these subjects with a clear understanding of the science involved, and explore different approaches and opinions which consider the implications of these issues on science and society. Bioethics for Scientists will show you how to think about the issues without trying to tell you what to think. Where relevant, case studies are included to support these discussions.

This book includes chapters on:

  • environmental ethics

  • use of natural resources

  • experimental use of animals

  • crop biotechnology and GM foods

  • patenting life

  • human reproduction and technology

  • human genetics and genetic enhancement? cloning of humans and animals

  • euthanasia and related issues
Written in a very readable style, Bioethics for Scientists is essential reading for students and researchers in biotechnology, life, environmental and other sciences, plus anyone who wishes to improve their understanding of this complex and fascinating area.

'[This book] specialises in the public understanding and attitudes towards biotechnology and the social and ethical implications of the new genetics?' Dr J R Downie, Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, University of Glasgow, UK

'Unique emphasis on the environmental, agricultural and animal science contents' Dr Sana Loue, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CWRU School of Medicine, Ohio, USA

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Nobis on June 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Most of the chapters in this book seem to be written by scientists, not academic philosophers or ethicists. So, unfortunately, they tend to not be very subtle, sophisticiated or carefully argued. I'd recommend something written by specialists in ethics, not scientists, to learn more about how to reasonably address some of the ethical issues that confront scientists. Almost any bioethics anthology edited by philosophers would do that.
I borrowed this book from the libary mostly because I was interested in looking at the chapters on animal experimentation. With the exception of the very fine chapter by philosophy Ray Frey, the remaining chapters on this issue were not up to snuff.
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