Our Genetic Future: The Science and Ethics of Genetic Technology

Our Genetic Future: The Science and Ethics of Genetic Technology

by British Medical Association (Author)

Synopsis

There is increasing concern about the potential uses and misuses of genetic engineering. This authoritative report from the British Medical Association calls for new guidelines to maximize the benefits of recent breakthroughs in genetic research, and minimize the risk of serious error. The book begins by examining the history and science of genetics, from Mendel's first experiments to the unravelling of DNA and the latest developments in gene cloning and gene therapy. Actual and potential applications are discussed, not only for human but also for microorganisms, plants, and animals. The book then focuses on the social and ethical implications of genetic research. Among the issues discussed are the patenting of life, the protection of privacy, and the ethics of screening people for genetic disease. The book recommends practices, regulations, and policies.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 271
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Published: 25 Jun 1992

ISBN 10: 0192861565
ISBN 13: 9780192861566