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Improving Nature?

Improving Nature?
The Science and Ethics of Genetic Engineering

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  • Date Published: May 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521008471

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  • Little more than a decade ago the term "genetic engineering" was hardly known outside research laboratories. Today it regularly makes headlines. Those in favor of genetic engineering--and those against it--tell us that it has the potential to change our lives perhaps more than any other scientific or technological advance. But what are the likely consequences of genetic engineering? Is it ethically acceptable? Should we be trying to improve on nature? In Improving Nature?, the authors, a biologist and a moral philosopher, examine the implications of genetic engineering in every aspect of our lives. The underlying science is clearly explained and the moral and ethical considerations are fully disussed, resulting in a wide-ranging, balanced overview of a controversial subject. Michael Jonathan Reiss, a biologist, is Professor of Science Education and Head of Science & Technology, University of London Institute of Education. He is the author of Understanding Science Lessons (Open University Press, 2000). Roger Straughan is Reader in Education at the University of Reading. He is the author of Beliefs, Behaviour and Education (Cassell Academic, 1989). Previous paperback edition (1996) 0-521-63754-6

    • Issues covered are controversial and widely debated: GM food; cloning; xenotransplantation; designer babies
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    "The choices are still in our hands; this book can help us make them more intelligently." Science

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521008471
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 139 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.413kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. 2. The practicalities of genetic engineering
    3. Moral and ethical concerns
    4. Theological concerns
    Part II. Overview:
    5. The genetic engineering of microorganisms
    6. The genetic engineering of plants
    7. The genetic engineering of animals
    8. The genetic engineering of humans
    Part III. 9. Public understanding of genetic engineering: what can education do?

  • Authors

    Michael J. Reiss, Institute of Biology, London

    Roger Straughan, University of Reading

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