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Reprogenetics: Law, Policy, and Ethical Issues [Hardcover]

Lori P. Knowles , Gregory E. Kaebnick
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April 10, 2007 0801885248 978-0801885242 1

From the cloning of Dolly the sheep a decade ago to more recent advances in embryonic stem cell research, new genetic technologies have often spurred polemical, ill-informed debates. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the field of reproductive genetics, where difficult bioethical issues are distilled into sound bites and far-fetched claims for easy public consumption. The underlying complexities of reprogenetic research and practice are often drowned out by the noise.

In this thoughtful and informed collection, Lori P. Knowles and Gregory E. Kaebnick bring together bioethicists from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to examine the ethical and policy quandaries created by new genetic technologies. Featuring an overview of the field’s history (including lessons to be learned from eugenics), comparisons of international and domestic governmental regulations, and discussions of how the market and public opinion affect research, this book considers both the risks and the benefits of combining genetic and reproductive technologies.

Concluding with a cautionary call for increased regulation, Reprogenetics introduces fact, history, and reason into a public discussion of complex and vexing issues.

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An essential reference, this also will extend into classroom discussion and debates.

(Midwest Book Review)

A useful addition to the library of anyone interested in reprogenetics and particularly the future of legislation and policy on research and application of reprogenetic technology.

(Constance Perry, Ph.D. Metapsychology)

About the Author

Lori P. Knowles, formerly of The Hastings Center, is an independent bioethics consultant and research associate at the University of Alberta's Health Law Institute. Gregory E. Kaebnick is an associate for Philosophical Studies at The Hastings Center and editor of the Hastings Center Report.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801885248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801885242
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,182,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New genetic technologies and their promise have led to much debate, much of this mired in not just technological but ethical and moral issues - and key to any college-level collection where technology issues are central is REPROGENETICS: LAW, POLICY, AND ETHICAL ISSUES. Papers discuss all aspects of emerging technologies and treatments, surveying regulations, political influences, licensing, policy development, and more. An essential reference, this also will extend into classroom discussion and debates.

Diane C. Donovan
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