A guide to the rapidly progressing Age of Biotechnology, Brutes or Angels provides basic information on a wide array of new technologies in the life sciences, along with the ethical issues raised by each.
With stem cell research, Dolly the cloned sheep, in vitro fertilization, age retardation, and pharmaceutical mind enhancement, humankind is now faced with decisions that it has never before had to consider. The thoughtfulness, or lack of it, that we bring to those decisions will largely determine the future character of the living world.
Brutes or Angels will facilitate informed choice making about the personal use of biotechnologies and the formulation of public policies governing their development and use. Ten biotechnologies that impact humans are considered: stem cell research, embryo selection, human genomics, gene therapies, human reproductive cloning, age retardation, cognition enhancement, the engineering of nonhuman organisms, nanobiology, and synthetic biology.
James T. Bradley introduces important biological principles and the basic procedures used in biotechnology. Various ethical issues - personhood, personal identity, privacy, ethnic discrimination, distributive justice, authenticity and human nature, and the significance of mortality in the human life cycle - are presented in a clear and unbiased manner.
"Essential. This is the perfect book for anyone looking for a reliable, thorough source to understand the underlying science, ethics, and sociopolitical challenges posed by contemporary transformations in biotechnology....Throughout, Bradley speaks with a specialist's authority, a generalist's open mind, and a humanist's sensitivity." (CHOICE)
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