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 miracle cures and radical new ways of understanding who we are. But where is the new world we were promised?
In Genes, Cells and Brains, feminist sociologist Hilary Rose and neuroscientist Steven Rose take on the bioscience industry and its claims. Examining the establishment of biobanks, the rivalries between public and private genesequencers, and the rise of stem cell research, they ask why the promised cornucopia of health benefits has failed to emerge and reveal the questionable enterprise that has grown out of bioethics. The human body is becoming a commodity, and the unfulfilled promises of the science behind this revolution suggest profound failings in genomics itself.
Praise for Alas Poor Darwin: "A joy to read." Sunday Times; "Bracing and fun - one of the most heartening spectacles in contemporary intellectual life." New Statesman. Praise for Steven Rose: "Steven Rose is an excellent antidote to the 'gene-centered' view of behaviour that predominates in popular views of science. Lucid, entertaining, accurate and, above all, profoundly right!" New Scientist; "Astonishingly articulate - [with] the most extraordinary energy." Patrick Bateson, King's College, Cambridge. Praise for Hilary Rose: "Hilary Rose makes original contributions to contemporary feminist critiques of science." The Women's Review of Books.
|Introduction: Prometheus Unbound?||p. 1|
|From Little Genetics to Big Genomics||p. 25|
|Evolutionary Theory in the Post-Genomic Age||p. 55|
|Animals First: Ethics Enters the Laboratory||p. 85|
|From State to Consumer Eugenics||p. 125|
|The North Atlantic Bubble||p. 158|
|The Global Commodification of Bioinformation||p. 183|
|The Growing Pains of Regenerative Medicine||p. 217|
|The Irresistible Rise of the Neurotechnosciences||p. 245|
|Promethean Promises: Who Benefits?||p. 276|
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Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 16th January 2013
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.642