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Improving Nature? : The Science and Ethics of Genetic Engineering - Michael J. Reiss

Improving Nature?

The Science and Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Paperback Published: 6th July 2001
ISBN: 9780521008471
Number Of Pages: 302

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Little more than a decade ago the term "genetic engineering" was hardly known outside research laboratories. Today it regularly makes headlines. Those in favor 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? In Improving 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 clearly explained and the moral and ethical considerations are fully disussed, resulting in a wide-ranging, balanced overview of a controversial subject. Michael Jonathan Reiss, a biologist, is Professor of Science Education and Head of Science & Technology, University of London Institute of Education. He is the author of Understanding Science Lessons (Open University Press, 2000). Roger Straughan is Reader in Education at the University of Reading. He is the author of Beliefs, Behaviour and Education (Cassell Academic, 1989). Previous paperback edition (1996) 0-521-63754-6

'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, the former Archbishop of York, Crucible 'Invaluable ... buy the book!' Bio-Science Law Review

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The practicalities of genetic engineeringp. 11
Moral and ethical concernsp. 43
Theological concernsp. 69
Overviewp. 93
The genetic engineering of microorganismsp. 95
The genetic engineering of plantsp. 131
The genetic engineering of animalsp. 165
The genetic engineering of humansp. 195
Public understanding of genetic engineering: what can education do?p. 227
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780521008471
ISBN-10: 0521008476
Series: Canto
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 6th July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.41