The world was stunned by the announcement that scientists had successfully cloned a sheep. Suddenly, questions that had seemed merely academic or better suited to science fiction became topics for public debate. Should we clone people? Is eugenics morally defensible? Should cloning be regulated, and if so, by whom? How should genetic information about particular individuals be protected? What will be the long-term impact on cultural and racial diversity? Based on the popular Oxford Amnesty Lectures, this fascinating and thought-provoking book collects work from leaders in the field, including Hilary Putnam, Ian Wilmut (co-creator of Dolly the sheep), and Jonathan Glover. It provides an up-to-date and realistic look at many of these challenging and contentious issues. Each chapter includes an introduction to the issue by a prominent lawyer, scientist, or philosopher, and the volume features a foreword by Richard Dawkins. The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights is an invaluable guide to the potential impact of this revolutionary technology on our future.
This volume contains the 1998 Oxford Amnesty Lectures, addressing the human rights risks of the new genetics. The lectures discuss human cloning, privacy and health insurance, eugenic threats, concerns about distributive justice, and human rights issues in Africa. Contributors are Hilary Putnam, Ian Wilmut, Bartha Maria Knoppers, John Harris, Jonathan Glover, Hillel Steiner, and Solomon R. Benatar. * The Hastings Center Report *
1: Hilary Putnam: Cloning People
Alan Colman: Why Human Cloning Should Not be Attempted
2: Ian Wilmut: Dolly: the age of biological control
R. L. Gardner: Dolly: before and after
3: Who Should Have Access to Genetic Information?
Justine Burley: Bad Genetic Luck and Health Insurance
4: John Harris: Clones, Genes, and Human Rights
Ruth Deech: Cloning and Public Policy
5: Jonathan Glover: Eugenics and Human Rights
Alan Ryan: Eugenics and Genetic Manipulation
6: Hillel Steiner: Silver Spoons and Golden Genes
Jonathan Wolff: Tin Genes and Compensation
7: Solomon R. Benatar: A Perspective from Africa on Human Rights and Genetic Engineering
Roger Crisp: Rights and Beyond