Genes, Cells, And Brains: The Promethean Promises Of The New Biology

by Hilary Rose, Steven Rose

Verso Books | April 8, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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Our fates lie in our genes and not in the stars, said James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. But Watson could not have predicted the scale of the industry now dedicated to this new frontier. Since the launch of the multibillion-dollar Human Genome Project, the biosciences have promised miraculous cures and radical new ways of understanding who we are. But where is the new world we were promised?

Now updated with a new afterword, Genes, Cells and Brains asks why the promised cornucopia of health benefits has failed to emerge and reveals the questionable enterprise that has grown out of bioethics. The authors, feminist sociologist Hilary Rose and neuroscientist Steven Rose, examine the establishment of biobanks, the rivalries between public and private gene sequencers, and the rise of stem cell research. The human body is becoming a commodity, and the unfulfilled promises of the science behind this revolution suggest profound failings in genomics itself.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.19 × 6.12 × 1 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Verso Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 178168314X

ISBN - 13: 9781781683149

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Genes, Cells, And Brains: The Promethean Promises Of The New Biology

by Hilary Rose, Steven Rose

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.19 × 6.12 × 1 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Verso Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 178168314X

ISBN - 13: 9781781683149

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Our fates lie in our genes and not in the stars, said James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. But Watson could not have predicted the scale of the industry now dedicated to this new frontier. Since the launch of the multibillion-dollar Human Genome Project, the biosciences have promised miraculous cures and radical new ways of understanding who we are. But where is the new world we were promised?

Now updated with a new afterword, Genes, Cells and Brains asks why the promised cornucopia of health benefits has failed to emerge and reveals the questionable enterprise that has grown out of bioethics. The authors, feminist sociologist Hilary Rose and neuroscientist Steven Rose, examine the establishment of biobanks, the rivalries between public and private gene sequencers, and the rise of stem cell research. The human body is becoming a commodity, and the unfulfilled promises of the science behind this revolution suggest profound failings in genomics itself.

About the Author

Hilary Rose is Emerita Professor at Bradford University and Visiting Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.

Steven Rose is Emeritus Professor of Life Sciences at the Open University. Long active in the politics of sciences, their joint books include Science and Society and Alas, Poor Darwin.

Editorial Reviews

"Fascinating, lucid and angry."—Steven Poole, Guardian "On my must-read list!"—Margaret Atwood "Genes, Cells and Brains is an angry book. It is also an important one ... contains wonderful descriptions of the science behind the new biology."—W. F. Bynum, Times Literary Supplement "While I generally turn down requests for an endorsement of a book, I must make an exception for the superb analysis of a very important topic by Hilary Rose and Steve Rose. Genes, Cells and Brains refutes with authority the extravagant claims that everything that ails us will be cured by modern molecular and cellular biology. They show that despite the self-serving hype produced by both academic and entrepreneurial science, we still do not understand how the brain works nor can we avoid the thousand shocks that flesh is heir to."—Richard Lewontin, author of The Triple Helix "A scathing account of the failure of recent projects in biology to provide significant new knowledge…the Roses provide thought-provoking and interesting contrasts to the secular, neoliberal view that predominates at present."— Nature "[Genes, Cells and Brains is] a detailed and acerbic history of twentieth-century genetics: its uneasy dance in and out of the arms of eugenics, its stumbles on the envisioned road to decoding and commodifying human nature, and its upstaging—after the Human Genome Project disappointed hopes for disease cures—by neuroscience, which, in turn, has fallen
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