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Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project

By: D Kevles

408 pages, Figs

Harvard University Press

Paperback | May 1993 | #51046 | ISBN: 0674136462
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The Code of Codes is a collective exploration of the substance and possible consequences of the human genome project in relation to ethics, law, and society, as well as to science, technology and medicine. It comprises incisive essays by contributors in a variety of fields, including James D. Watson and Walter Gilbert and the social analysts of science, Dorothy Nelkin and Evelyn Fox Keller.

So far, the research (on human genetics) is on track, according to Kevles and Hood, who edited [this] impressive collection of thirteen critical essays by leading biologists, computer scientists and social scientists commenting on both the Genome Project itself and the important ethical implications of the new discoveries in human genetics. -- John Wilkes Los Angeles Times The Code of Codes...gives a very balanced cross-section of views on both the scientific aspects of the project and many of the social issues surrounding it...In studying the human genome, much will be discovered about the evolution of life and living systems and if, as the book tries to show, there are fears, there is also hope that this knowledge will benefit humanity. What more can one want? -- Sydney Brenner Nature This book provides much valuable information on a program that has become international rather than provincial, but whose perceived urgency may exceed its justification. -- Bernard D. Davis Science


Contents

Preface Part I History, Politics, and Genetics 1. Out of Eugenics: The Historical Politics of the Human Genome - Daniel J. Kevles 2. A History of the Science and Technology Behind Gene Mapping and Sequencing - Horace Freeland Judson Part II Genetics, Technology, and Medicine 3. A Vision of the Grail - Walter Gilbert 4. The Challenges to Technology and Informatics - Charles Cantor 5. DNA-Based Medicine: Prevention and Therapy - C. Thomas Caskey 6. Biology and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century - Leroy Hood 7 A Personal View of the Project - James D. Watson Part III Ethics, Law, And Society 8. The Social Power of Genetic Information - Dorothy Nelkin 9. DNA Fingerprinting: Science, Law, and the Ultimate Identifier - Eric Lander 10. Clairvoyance and Caution: Repercussions from the Human Genome Project - Nancy Wexler 11. Genetic Technology and Reproductive Choice: An Ethics for Autonomy - Ruth Schwartz Cowan 12. Health Insurance, Employment Discrimination, and the Genetics Revolution - Henry T. Greely 13. Nature, Nurture, and the Human Genome Project - Evelyn Fox Keller 14. Reflections - Daniel J. Kevles and Leroy Hood Notes Selected Bibliography Glossary Contributors Index

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Biography

Daniel Kevles is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History and Law at Yale University.

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