What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black

March 29, 2016|
What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black by Gregory E. Pence
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What is the real-world history and science of human cloning, and does Orphan Black get it right? Can you “own” a person—even a cloned one? How can Sarah Manning be straight, Cosima gay, and Tony trans? Cult hit sci-fi show Orphan Black doesn’t just entertain—it also raises fascinating questions about human cloning, its ethics, and its impact on personal identity.

In What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black, prominent bioethicist Gregory E. Pence violates Clone Club’s first rule to take us deeper into the show and its connections to the real world, including:

Widespread myths about human clones (and Orphan Black’s rejection of them)
Our ugly history of eugenics
The ethics of human experimentation, by way of Projects Castor and Leda
What we can learn about clones and identity from twin studies and tensions among Orphan Black’s clone “sisters”
Kendall Malone and other genetic anomalies
The brave new world of genetic enhancement and clonal dynasties, and how Helena and Kira Manning fit in

In the process, What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club reveals why Orphan Black is some of today’s most engaging and thought-provoking television.
Gregory E. Pence, PhD, is an international expert on the ethics of human cloning. A year after the birth of the lamb Dolly in 1997, he wrote Who''s Afraid of Human Cloning? and in 2004, Cloning After Dolly: Who''s Still Afraid?. In 2000, he was the lone bioethicist to testify before Congress and the California Senate against bills that...
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Title:What We Talk About When We Talk About Clone Club: Bioethics and Philosophy in Orphan Black
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:256 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.68 in
Published:March 29, 2016
Publisher:BenBella Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781942952343

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