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Who's Afaid of Human Cloning? - Gregory E. Pence

Who's Afaid of Human Cloning?

Hardcover Published: 18th December 1997
ISBN: 9780847687817
Number Of Pages: 174

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Human cloning raises the most profound questions about human nature, our faith in ourselves, and our ability to make decisions that could significantly alter the character of humanity. In this exciting and accessible book, Gregory Pence offers a candid and sometimes humorous look at the arguments for and against human cloning. Originating a human being by cloning, Pence boldly argues, should not strike fear in our hearts but should be examined as a reasonable reproductive option for couples. Pence considers how popular culture has influenced the way we think about cloning, and he presents a lucid and non-technical examination of the scientific research and relevant moral issues in the cloning debate. This book is a must-read for anyone who is concerned about the impact of technology on human life and for those with interests in medical ethics, sociology, and public policy.

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... a rattling good polemic against the rush to condemn human cloning. New Scientist Pence makes an important, largely rational and informative argument for a point of view that has not yet been heard in the uproar over human cloning. San Francisco Chronicle Thoughtfully written and persuasive... A fine, up-to-date resource for those who need more information about this subject. CHOICE, June 1998 Vol. 35, No.10 Occasionally, a new book evokes a sigh of relief. Pence ... wants to know how a consensus on human cloning can be said to have been reached when only one side of the argument about it has appeared. Booklist Regardless of whether one agrees with Pence's main argument, this is a very readable book. British Medical Journal With human cloning such a hot topic, there is considerable need for clear explanations of the unresolved and complex science and social and ethical issues. Bioethicist Pence tackles the subject head on, arguing for human cloning as a reproductive option. Pence's strengths include his take on the much-hyped issue of genetic (over)determinism, useful analogies to in-vitro fertilizations, and coherent reasons for preferring regulation over legislative bans...a timely reminder to examine and update library resources on cloning. Library Journal (Pence's) argumentative breadth is impressive and accessible... A lively philosphical imagination that pushes the parameters of the cloning debate in new directions. -- Courtney S. Campbell Medical Humanities, Fall 1998 Who's Afraid is the best of the several recent pro-reprotech books. It is a fine teaching book for a bioehtics course. The tendency is somewhat charming and will keep students awake... -- Glenn McGee, University of Pennsylvania Religious Studies Review, Vol. 24, N0. 4, October 1998 Pence's short, readable volume successfully establishes this agenda and proceeds a great distance in examining the assumption, positions, concerns that constitute and constrain the cloning debate. -- Lisa S. parker, PhD, University of Pittsburgh JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Nov. 1998-Vol. 280, No. 20 The best-reasoned set of ethical arguments [about human cloning] yet published. The Gene Letter, August, 1998 ...written in a lively style... -- Jorge Garcia First Things Greg Pence is recognized as a leader in the art of making bioethics accessible without compromise of depth. His writings combine a journalistic lucidity, a strong philosophical knowledge and insights into the topics in his field, and a good teacher's ability to present material clearly. His latest book, Who's Afraid of Human Cloning? exemplifies this yet again... Whether one agrees or disagrees with Pence's conclusion ... the book should be read by those who teach about ethical dimensions of biomedical technology, particularly reproductive technology, since it catalogs and evaluates lucidly the spectrum of arguments most frequently heard in opposition to those technologies. -- Peter Horn, Capital University APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy A clear-headed analysis of an emotionally charged topic. This book shed more light on this topic than the report by the National Bioethics Advisory Commision or the thousands of hours of television interviews and debates. -- David Resnik, Bioethicist at National Institutes of Health Bioethics

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Poem: Mary Had a Little Lambp. xv
From Dolly to Humans?p. 1
Dolly's Importance and Promisep. 9
What Ian Wilmut Did and Why It Was Importantp. 9
Background on Cloningp. 11
What Cloning Can and Cannot Physically Reproducep. 13
The New Genetic Agep. 15
Genetic Contributions of the Host Eggp. 17
The Mistake of Genetic Determinismp. 21
The False Seers of Assisted Human Reproductionp. 25
Beware False Prophets of Doomp. 25
Clone Furor: First Wavep. 29
Clone Furor: Second Wavep. 30
Clone Furor: Third Wavep. 31
The National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC)p. 34
Misconceptionsp. 39
Our Legacy from Science Fictionp. 39
Making Women Visiblep. 44
They Would Be Peoplep. 45
You Can't Reproduce Yourselfp. 49
Lack of Informed Consent Doesn't Matterp. 52
Scientists Aren't Frankensteins and Strangelovesp. 52
Reproductive Freedom Doesn't Lead to Coercive State Eugenicsp. 56
Four Questions about Ethicsp. 59
Case #1--Sarah and Abe Shapirop. 59
Does the Rule Intrude Too Much on Personal Liberty?p. 61
What Is the Point of the Moral Rule?p. 62
Why Assume the Worst Motives?p. 64
Why Fear Slippery Slopes?p. 66
Cloning and Sexp. 73
Making Babies without Sex: Morally Repugnant?p. 74
Plain Sexp. 78
Meilaender's Testimonyp. 79
Twinning Human Embryosp. 85
Overview of the Embryo Controversyp. 85
Why Embryos Are Not Personsp. 87
Controversies about Embryosp. 89
The Futility of the Human Embryo Research Panelp. 89
Embryo Research Today: The Craziness of the Hughes Incidentp. 91
The Importance of Wilmut's Discoveries for Understanding Humansp. 95
New Calls for Banning Research on Embryosp. 95
What Is Lost in Researchp. 96
Recommendations of NBACp. 97
Arguments for Allowing Human Asexual Reproductionp. 99
Case #2--John and Elsie Kennedyp. 99
Personal Liberty and the Right to Self-Reproducep. 100
Benefit to Children--Improving Genetic Inheritancep. 101
Case #3--Richard Dunawayp. 102
Case #4--Robert Atworthyp. 104
Benefit to Children--Genetic Therapy/Correcting Genetic Diseasep. 105
Aiding Infertile Couplesp. 106
Valuing the Genetic Connectionp. 108
Generalizing the Genetic Connectionp. 110
Rawls' Argumentp. 112
Children for Gay Men and Lesbiansp. 114
Arguments against Human Asexual Reproductionp. 119
Against the Will of Godp. 119
Fear of the New and Differentp. 122
Genetic Diversity and Evolutionp. 129
Risk of Harm to the Childp. 131
A Point about Controlp. 140
Increasing Prejudice against the Disabledp. 141
Fostering Sexismp. 142
Class Injusticep. 143
The Slippery Slopep. 144
Nature versus Nurturep. 146
Regulating Human Cloningp. 151
The John Moore Casep. 151
The Case against Regulation of NSTp. 152
The Case for Regulationp. 154
The Issue of Multiplesp. 158
Against Commercialization of NSTp. 159
Conclusionsp. 163
The Quality of the Arguments in the NST Debatep. 163
The Unreality of the Human Embryo Debatep. 164
What Might a Good Religious Objection to NST Look Like?p. 165
Improving Humanityp. 167
Alternative Pasts and Social Controlp. 170
Beneficent Multiplesp. 172
A Final Predictionp. 174
Indexp. 177
About the Authorp. 183
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ISBN: 9780847687817
ISBN-10: 0847687813
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 18th December 1997
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45