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Justice And The Human Genome Project
by Timothy F. Murphy And Marc A. Lappe
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The Human Genome Project is an expensive, ambitious, and controversial attempt to locate and map every one of the approximately 100,000 genes in the human body. If it works, and we are able, for instance, to identify markers for genetic diseases long before they develop, who will have the right to obtain such information? What will be the consequences for health care, health insurance, employability, and research priorities? And, more broadly, how will attitudes toward human differences be affected, morally and socially, by the setting of a genetic "standard"?
The compatibility of individual rights and genetic fairness is challenged by the technological possibilities of the future, making it difficult to create an agenda for a "just genetics." Beginning with an account of the utopian dreams and authoritarian tendencies of historical eugenics movements, this book's nine essays probe the potential social uses and abuses of detailed genetic information. Lucid and wide-ranging, these contributions will provoke discussion among bioethicists, legal scholars, and policy makers.
From the Inside Flap
"In my view, [Murphy] has written the most incisive general critical essay on the Human Genome Project yet to appear."--Troy Duster, Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of California, Berkeley
From the Back Cover
"In my view, [Murphy] has written the most incisive general critical essay on the Human Genome Project yet to appear."-Troy Duster, Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of California, Berkeley
About the Author
Timothy F. Murphy is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Biomedical Sciences and Marc A. Lappé is Professor of Health Policy and Ethics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Murphy is co-editor of Writing AIDS: Gay Literature, Language and Analysis (1992), and Lappé is the author of Chemical Deception (1991).
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