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The Genetic Revolution and Human Rights: The Amnesty Lectures

Edited By: Justine Burley

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Mar 1999 | #90305 | ISBN: 0192862014
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Are eugenics practices morally defensible? Who should have access to genetic information about particular individuals? What dangers for cultural and racial diversity do developments in genetics pose? And how should scientific research be regulated and by whom? These are some of the questions addressed in this book, which comprises the 1998 Oxford Amnesty Lectures. The lecturers are all respected in their specific field, including Hilary Putnam, Ian Wilmut (co-creator of 'Dolly' the sheep), and Jonathan Glover. Each lecture is proceeded by a discussion article written by prominent lawyers, scientists, and philosophers, and a foreword has been written by Richard Dawkins. Fascinating and thought-provoking, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the future of genetics and humankind.

"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
"As the twentieth century ends, we have hardly taken stock of what has happened during this century of biology. ... Fourteen essays are offered in response to cloning, reproductive technologies for the infertile, and the assorted screening and diagnostic (or possibly therapeutic) uses of the Human Genome Project. The essays were reviewed and critiqued by the contributors after presentation ... [T]here is an overview provided by Richard Dawkins that is not to be missed. It is brilliant, hilarious, and profoundly insightful. ... [T]his would be an excellent


1. Cloning People; Why Human Cloning Should Not be Attempted; 2. Dolly: the age of biological control; Dolly: before and after; 3. Who Should Have Access to Genetic Information?; Bad Genetic Luck and Health Insurance; 4. Clones, Genes, and Human Rights; Cloning and Public Policy; 5. Eugenics and Human Rights; Eugenics and Genetic Manipulation; 6. Silver Spoons and Golden Genes; Tin Genes and Compensation; 7. A Perspective from Africa on Human Rights and Genetic Engineering; Rights and Beyond; Notes; Index

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