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The Freedom of Scientific Research An Anthology

By: Simona Giordano(Editor), Lucio Piccirillo(Editor), John Harris(Editor)
264 pages, 3 b/w illustrations
The Freedom of Scientific Research
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  • The Freedom of Scientific Research ISBN: 9781526127679 Hardback Sep 2018 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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Never before have the scope and limits of scientific freedom been more important or more under attack. New science, from artificial intelligence to gene editing, creates unique opportunities for making the world a better place. It also presents unprecedented dangers. The Freedom of Scientific Research is about the opportunities and challenges – moral, regulatory and existential – that face both science and society. How are scientific developments impacting on human life and on the structure of societies? How is science regulated and how should it be regulated? Are there ethical boundaries to scientific developments in sensitive areas? Such are the questions that the book seeks to answer. Both the survival of humankind and the continued existence of our planet are at stake.


Preface by John Harris

Part I: Freedom of science: promises and hazards
Introduction - Simona Giordano
1 The influence of infection on society - Peter J. Lachmann
2 Scientific progress and longevity: curse or blessing? - Simona Giordano
3 Reproductive technologies and the family in the twenty-first century - Daniela Cutas and Anna Smajdor
4 New frontiers in surgery: the case of uterus and penis transplantation - Gennaro Selvaggi and Sean Aas
5 Freedom, law, politics, genes: the case of mitochondrial transfer - Iain Brassington
6 Scientific freedom and responsibility in a biosecurity context - Catherine Rhodes
7 Robotic intelligence: philosophical and ethical challenges - David Lawrence
8 Big science and small science: reflections on the relationship between science and society from the perspective of physics - Lucio Piccirillo

Part II: Freedom of science and the need for regulation
Introduction - Simona Giordano
9 Advocating a radical change in science policies and new models to secure freedom and efficiency in funding and communication - Andrea Ballabeni and Davide Danovi
10 Freedom of research and the right to science, from theory to advocacy - Andrea Boggio and Cesare P. R. Romano
11 The donation of embryos for research: maintaining trust - Heidi Mertes
12 From Galileo to embryos and narcotic drugs: the quest for the right to science - Marco Cappato
13 Science, self-control and human freedom: a naturalistic approach - Gilberto Corbellini and Elisabetta Sirgiovanni
14 Evidence-based policy and the precautionary principle: friends or foes?- Roberto Baldoli and Claudio M. Radaelli
15 Let freedom ring for science: an American perspective - Mary Woolley

Conclusion - Simona Giordano

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Simona Giordano is Reader in Bioethics in the School of Law at the University of Manchester.

By: Simona Giordano(Editor), Lucio Piccirillo(Editor), John Harris(Editor)
264 pages, 3 b/w illustrations
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