Improving nature? : the science and ethics of genetic engineering

TitleImproving nature? : the science and ethics of genetic engineering
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsReiss, MJ, Straughan, R
Pagination288 p.
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number9780521454414
Accession Number33359862
KeywordsAlimentos , BIOENGINEERING , BIOETHICS , Bioethics. , Bioethik. , Bioéthique. , Bioética. , emerging , Emerging Technologies , ENGENHARIA , Ethische , Genetic , GENETICS , Genetische , Génie , Gentechnologie. , Manipulations , Plantas
AbstractLittle more than a decade ago, in the early 1980s, the term 'genetic engineering' was hardly known outside research laboratories. By now, though, its use is widespread. Those in favour 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? The authors, a biologist and a moral philosopher, examine the implications of genetic engineering in every aspect of our lives. The underlying science is explained in a way easily understood by a non-biologist, and the moral and ethical considerations that arise are fully discussed. Throughout, the authors clarify the issues involved so that readers can make up their own minds about these controversial issues.
NotesCambridge University Pressill. ; 24 cm.The practicalities of genetic engineering -- Moral and ethical concerns -- Theological concerns -- The genetic engineering of microorganisms -- The genetic engineering of plants -- The genetic engineering of animals -- The genetic engineering of humans -- Public understanding of genetic engineering: what can education do?Table of contents bibliographical references (p. [245]-279 and index.Michael J. Reiss and Roger Straughan. More Records: Show record informationInternet resource (url)Book; Internet Resource
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