The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights: In Support of Amnesty International

Paperback | May 5, 1999

EditorJustine Burley

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Are eugenics practices morally defensible? Who should have access to genetic information about particular individuals? What dangers for cultural and racial diversity do developments in genetics pose? And how should scientific research be regulated and by whom? These are some of the questionsaddressed in this book, which comprises the 1998 Oxford Amnesty Lectures. The lecturers are all respected in their specific field, including Hilary Putnam, Ian Wilmut (co-creator of 'Dolly' the sheep), and Jonathan Glover. Each lecture is proceeded by a discussion article written by prominentlawyers, scientists, and philosophers, and a foreword has been written by Richard Dawkins. Fascinating and thought-provoking, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the future of genetics and humankind.

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As the field of genetics expands rapidly, questions about the future of become an issue. Cloning, eugenics and gene therapy are all areas of development changing the way we live. This book contains the 1998 Oxford Amnesty Lectures, including one by University of Montreal professor Bartha Maria Knoppers. Discussion articles written by p...

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Are eugenics practices morally defensible? Who should have access to genetic information about particular individuals? What dangers for cultural and racial diversity do developments in genetics pose? And how should scientific research be regulated and by whom? These are some of the questionsaddressed in this book, which comprises the 1...

Justine Burley is Simon Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester, and is a part-time lecturer in Politics at Exeter College, Oxford. She is the editor of Ronald Dworkin and His Critics (1999, Blackwell) and (with John Harris) of A Companion to Genethics (1999, Blackwell). She is currently working on a mon...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.55 inPublished:May 5, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights This book offers an excellent overview of ethics concerning the new 'genetic revolution'. It is a collection of lectures which were originally given at the Oxford Amnesty Lectures of 1998 by some of the most highly reknowned academics in the world. The book specifically addresses the ethical concerns of cloning, reproductive technology and gene selection with regard to human rights. While each lecture is a unique reflection of the lecturers particular academic background, the reader is invited to contemplate his or her own moral interest in relation to genetic manipulation. Although the true meaning of ethics can never really be known, this book brings us one step closer to understanding ourselves within genetic technology.
Date published: 2000-08-29

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Table of Contents

1. Hilary Putnam: Cloning PeopleAlan Colman: Why Human Cloning Should Not be Attempted2. Ian Wilmut: Dolly: the age of biological controlR. L. Gardner: Dolly: before and after3. Who Should Have Access to Genetic Information?Justine Burley: Bad Genetic Luck and Health Insurance4. John Harris: Clones, Genes, and Human RightsRuth Deech: Cloning and Public Policy5. Jonathan Glover: Eugenics and Human RightsAlan Ryan: Eugenics and Genetic Manipulation6. Hillel Steiner: Silver Spoons and Golden GenesJonathan Wolff: Tin Genes and Compensation7. Solomon R. Benatar: A Perspective from Africa on Human Rights and Genetic EngineeringRoger Crisp: Rights and BeyondNotes; Index

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As the field of genetics expands rapidly, questions about the future of become an issue. Cloning, eugenics and gene therapy are all areas of development changing the way we live. This book contains the 1998 Oxford Amnesty Lectures, including one by University of Montreal professor Bartha Maria Knoppers. Discussion articles written by prominent thinkers try to answer and contemplate these important questions.