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This book provides a nontechnical account of the debate concerning human embryo research, concentrating on the British parliamentary debates of 1984-1990. It traces the debates' origins back to conflicts over abortion and moral reform in the 1960s, and examines reactions in the 1990s to sex selection and the use of eggs from human fetuses for research. Michael Mulkay shows how embryo research develops within a complex social environment, writing for anyone interested in the relationship between science-based assisted reproduction and society.Read more
- Non-technical account of embryo research debates, putting them in wider social and historical context
- Examines key issues and arguments deployed in debates including religion, gender, role of the media, influence of science fiction
- No other book combines such subtle understanding of sociology of science with knowledge of the cultural milieu of the debates
- Mulkay very well known sociologist of science
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"Recommended as a resource for science, history, social studies and political science undergraduate courses." R.G. McGee, Jr., Choice
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- Date Published: February 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521576833
- length: 228 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1. The background to the debate
2. The sequence of parliamentary debate
3. Political parties and ministerial tactics
4. The impact of the pro-research lobby
5. Embryos in the news
6. Women and men
7. Science and religion
8. The myth of Frankenstein
9. Embryo research and the slippery slope
Epilogue: intruders in the Fallopian tube or a dream of perfect human reproduction
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