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Author Gordon, Jon W., 1949-

Title The science and ethics of engineering the human germ line : Mendel's maze / Jon W. Gordon
Published Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Liss, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 286 pages)
Contents Setting the table -- Building a living organism from inanimate parts -- Molecular biology and recombinant dna technology -- Transmitting the genetic information to future generations -- Developmental biology -- Reproductive biology and assisted reproductive technologies -- Methods and strategies for gene transfer and engineering of the germ line -- Introduction to the ethics of reproductive genetic technologies -- Future developments and applications of genetic engineering technology -- What if? ethical and legal aspects of germ line manipulation
Summary With implications that go to the core of what it means to be human, the issues raised by genetic manipulation-especially cloning-have sparked a passionate debate among governmental, religious, and scientific quarters, as well as the media and the general public. Keeping to the actual science rather than speculation is of the utmost importance for an enlightened approach to this weighty discussion. In clear, lively prose, The Science and Ethics of Engineering the Human Germ Line: Mendel's Maze provides an authoritative treatment of the principles of science and bioethics that bear upon such technologies as germ-line insertion and cloning. It offers a realistic assessment of possible applications, limitations, and new developments likely to arise in these areas. Written by a top physician-investigator, this book progresses from the basics of building a living organism from inanimate parts through to recombinant DNA technology, assisted reproductive technologies, and gene transfer and germ-line engineering. Ethical considerations are woven into this material throughout, while a special section covers the intellectual role played by various social biases. As genetic and reproductive technologies spread from the laboratory to the clinic-and society takes further notice-students and practitioners of biology and medicine, as well as the interested general reader, will find The Science and Ethics of Engineering the Human Germ Line: Mendel's Maze to be an essential and accessible guide to these important subjects. Annotation. Gordon was a pioneer in transferring genes between species and assisting human in-vitro fertilization. Here he describes the potentials and limitations of modifying human germ-line genes, proposes criteria for analyzing and judging the suitability of new techniques for human use, and describes the importance of social history in influencing analytical methods
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Genetic engineering -- Popular works.
Human reproductive technology -- Popular works.
Genetic Techniques.
Reproductive Techniques.
Genre/Form Popular works.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0471478199
0471478202 (electronic bk.)
9780471478201 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)