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The Genetics Revolution: History, Fears, and Future of a Life-Altering Science

The Genetics Revolution: History, Fears, and Future of a Life-Altering Science
 

Covers the controversial topics of the genetics revolution. This book examines the scientific, social, and political impacts of the genetics on everyday life, and looks at medical procedures such as IVF and gene therapy. It clarifies the history, and examines the possible impact ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780313336720
Published 1 November 2005 by ABC-CLIO
Format Hardback, New title
Author(s) By Morgan, Rose M.
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ISBN-13 9780313336720
ISBN-10 0313336725
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Imprint Greenwood Press
Publication Date 1 November 2005
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Morgan, Rose M.
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Gene Therapy
Genetics (Non-Medical)
Genetic Engineering
Number of Pages 232
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 649g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Stem Cells, Genetic engineering - Moral and ethical aspects, Ethics, Medical, Human cloning - Moral and ethical aspects, Genetics, Medical - trends
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school;College/higher education
Dewey Code 576.5
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A single-volume resource that covers all of the controversial topics of the genetics revolution. What will our lives be like fifty years from now? What will we know about ourselves as humans, and how will that affect our lives? It is impossible to know the future for certain, but perhaps nothing will alter our future more than the genetics revolution of the past thirty-five years. This book clarifies the history and examines the possible impact of five major areas of genetic research: the Human Genome Project and genetic engineering; in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the technology of reproduction; the Human Genome Diversity Project, which is studying the variation of the human genome; embryonic stem-cell research; and cloning. All of these areas of research produce two reactions among the general public - hope for the improvement of people's lives, and fear of science out of control. The Genetics Revolution examines the scientific, social, and political impacts of the genetics on everyday life - in the past, in the present, and in the future. Each specific topic is contained within its own chapter for ease in accessing specific information. This is an ideal resource for students, teachers, and others. In addition, it integrates science and social science topics. The book contains documented, current information that both supports and challenges current thinking about genetics. It addresses a controversial and politically charged topic, and includes several topics that are often featured in the media, such as stem cells and cloning. It looks at medical procedures such as IVF and gene therapy.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review ?Over the past 35 years, the field of genetics has been inundated with new discoveries, capturing worldwide attention. In The Genetics Revolution, Morgan addresses the intriguing research on recombinant DNA technology, in vitro fertilization, the human genome diversity project, stem cell research, and cloning. The book is divided into five sections: On the Brink of Altering Life, Beauty and the Beast, Fighting to Save a Gene Pool, Threading an Ethical Needle, and To Clone or Not to Clone: That Is the Question. The author describes hallmark genetic discoveries to frame each research topic in a historical perspective without belaboring the genetic experimental protocols. In addition, the book presents the merits of all the research areas and their potential benefit to society. Finally, it considers ethical, moral, legal, and political issues. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.?-Choice

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Author's Bio

Rose M. Morgan, PhD, is professor emerita of biology at Minot State University. She has published over 50 articles in refereed national and international scientific journals, as well as several other books. She is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in America. Currently, she is an independent scholar.

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