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Improving Nature?

Improving Nature?
The Science and Ethics of Genetic Engineering


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  • Date Published: May 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521008471

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  • Little more than a decade ago the term 'genetic engineering' was hardly known outside research laboratories. By now, though, its use is widespread. Those in favour of genetic engineering - and those against it - tell us that it has the potential to change our lives perhaps more than any other scientific or technological advance. But what are the likely consequences of genetic engineering? Is it ethically acceptable? Should we be trying to improve on nature? The authors, a biologist and a moral philosopher, examine the implications of genetic engineering in every aspect of our lives. The underlying science is explained in a way easily understood by a general reader, and the moral and ethical considerations that arise are fully discussed. Throughout, the authors clarify the issues involved so that readers can make up their own minds about these controversial issues.

    • Issues covered are controversial and widely debated: GM food; cloning; xenotransplantation; designer babies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Some of the most compelling literature on this topic I have ever read ... quite inspirational ... essential reading … above all it is a very good read.' Trends in Biology

    'Succeeds in presenting a framework for the ethical analysis of genetic engineering for both scientific and non-scientific readers. It is a welcome addition to the literature of the 'new biotechnology'.' BioScience

    'Reiss and Straughan do a fine job … excellent treatment of the subject.' Science and Engineering Ethics

    'Those looking for a simple well written guide through this difficult jungle need look no further.' John Habgood, former Archbishop of York, Crucible

    'Invaluable ... buy the book!' Bio-Science Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521008471
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 139 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.413kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. 2. The practicalities of genetic engineering
    3. Moral and ethical concerns
    4. Theological concerns
    Part II. Overview:
    5. The genetic engineering of microorganisms
    6. The genetic engineering of plants
    7. The genetic engineering of animals
    8. The genetic engineering of humans
    Part III. 9. Public understanding of genetic engineering: what can education do?

  • Authors

    Michael J. Reiss, Institute of Biology, London

    Roger Straughan, University of Reading

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