- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (May 30, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674728963
- ISBN-13: 978-0674728967
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[Greely] employs lucid prose to explain the science behind reproduction, genetics, and stem cells, and explores the scientific, legal, and political pathway toward easy [preimplantation genetic diagnosis]. (Tanya Lewis The Scientist)
Will the future confront us with human GMOs? Greely provocatively declares yes, and, while clearly explaining the science, spells out the ethical, political, and practical ramifications. (Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate and recipient of the National Medal of Science)
This book could not be more timely. Greely imagines the future of human reproduction with the insight, wit, and panache readers of his work have come to expect. (Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law School, author of Patients with Passports)
Greely has written an exceptional book. Anyone interested in the technology of human reproduction and what it holds for humanity’s future will thoroughly enjoy the read. (Judith Daar, Whittier Law School)
We owe it to ourselves, to the society we live in, to our children and our children’s children to think long and hard about the arguments Greely presents before we make choices about the future of human reproduction. One of the most exciting and thought-provoking books I have read in a long time. (Jennifer Merchant, Université de Paris II)
[Greely] provides an extraordinarily sophisticated analysis of the practical, political, legal, and ethical implications of the new world of human reproduction. His book is a model of highly informed, rigorous, thought-provoking speculation about an immensely important topic. (Glenn C. Altschuler Psychology Today)
The End of Sex is eye-opening about the prospects created by biomedical technology…Greely’s book offers a balanced, informed and calm analysis of the legal, ethical and social frameworks within which we must resolve these dilemmas [of sex-free conception]. (Philip Ball New Statesman)
Greely’s background in law and bioethics [brings] a fresh perspective. The book is a timely assessment of the way things are, and the direction they are heading: it is also a rallying call for debate about regulation, and about the sort of society we want to live in. (Linda Geddes New Scientist)
Readers looking for a more in-depth analysis of human genome modifications and reproductive technologies and their legal and ethical implications should strongly consider picking up Greely’s The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction…Greely’s breezy first-person narrative belies the extraordinary depth and impressive quality of information provided, both scientific and legal…[It has] the potential to empower readers to make informed decisions about the implementation of advancements in genetics technologies. (Dov Greenbaum Science)
The End of Sex will open your mind to a future you might not have anticipated. (Dan Samorodnitsky Massive)
About the Author
Henry T. Greely is Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics at Stanford University.
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The book breaks into two parts. First, it's a basic discussion on the science behind human reproduction. Second, it breaks down the likely future of reproduction based on scientific and societal developments. The author does an excellent job of breaking down concept ideas into very simple and understandable terms, while also maintaining a conversational and interesting voice.
Greely has thoroughly thought through (say that five times fast) the implications of "artificial" gamete production and cheap whole genome sequencing. If this future of "Easy PGD" plays out, it will be a fascinating one. Barring regulation, we will be able to eliminate genetic diseases (yes!); gay and lesbian couples will be able to have their own biological children (thumbs up!); so will geriatric women (that seems okay?); so will deceased individuals (hmm); close relatives will be able to have healthy children together (still weird, Jaime Lannister); and a single person will be able to have offspring as a "uniparent" (WTF). This is just a sampling of the intriguing possibilities Greely suggests lie in our near future. As a science fiction writer, this book is a gold mine.
I don't know how the future will play out, but I'll probably invest in genomics technologies, and I'll certainly recommend this book.
It is a pleasure to read Hank Greely’s vision of how all this may unfold but certainly an eye opener. Buy the book, read it, discuss it with your friends, put it down and re-read it several months later having considered the implications of this scientific direction.