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Wondergenes : genetic enhancement and the future of society /
Maxwell J. Mehlman.
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2003.
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226 p. : ill.
ISBN
0253342740 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2003.
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0253342740 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
An announcement at the White House -- Scientific foundations -- Four revolutions -- The fifth revolution -- Safety and effectiveness -- Autonomy -- Authenticity -- Access -- Inequality and unfairness -- Hubris -- Solutions -- Better solutions -- Spotting enhancement.
catalogue key
5001961
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Maxwell J. Mehlman is Authur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Director of the Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-04-01:
Mehlman (law and biomedical ethics, Case Western Univ.) has written a reader-friendly book that outlines the future directions that human genetic manipulation could take. Reading almost as if it were science fiction, this book points out some of the consequences that derive from knowledge of the human genome. The completion of the Human Genome Project marked a revolution in the history of science. Genetic technologists have been using this emerging data to develop the fields of forensic genetics, gene therapy, DNA testing for specific characteristics, and behavioral genetics, which seeks in part to identify sociably undesirable genes. The genomic revolution has resulted in a drive toward genetic intervention to effect genetic "enhancement." People desire to use the DNA script to become more handsome, more muscular, more intelligent, and to acquire other desirable traits. Thus the question of what will be considered normal arises, as does the question of whether the normal will then become less than average. In this riveting read, Mehlman reviews the potentials of genetic manipulation and the positive and negative aspects of this new science. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; undergraduates, including two-year college students; professionals and practitioners. R. A. Hoots Woodland Community College
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Mehlman deftly explores this powerfully seductive and socially destabilizing biotechnology, and authoritatively suggests legal steps we humans must take to regulate it if we are to have any real chance to garner its benefits and avoid its species-wide destructive potential. -George J. Annas, author of The Rights of Patients and c
"Mehlman deftly explores this powerfully seductive and socially destabilizing biotechnology, and authoritatively suggests legal steps we humans must take to regulate it if we are to have any real chance to garner its benefits and avoid its species -- wide destructive potential. -- George J. Annas, author of The Rights of Patients and c" -- founder of Global Lawyers and Physicians
"Mehlman deftly explores this powerfully seductive and socially destabilizing biotechnology, and authoritatively suggests legal steps we humans must take to regulate it if we are to have any real chance to garner its benefits and avoid its species-wide destructive potential. -George J. Annas, author of The Rights of Patients and c" -founder of Global Lawyers and Physicians
Wondergenes is a spirited and lively guide to the promises and perils of genetic enhancement. Well-grounded in the science, [the book] poses the central ethical questions posed by enhancement, explains the legal context, and offers intriguing suggestions for law and public policy.
"Wondergenes is a spirited and lively guide to the promises and perils of genetic enhancement. Well -- grounded in the science, [the book] poses the central ethical questions posed by enhancement, explains the legal context, and offers intriguing suggestions for law and public policy." -- Thomas H. Murray, President, The Hastings Center
"Wondergenes is a spirited and lively guide to the promises and perils of genetic enhancement. Well-grounded in the science, [the book] poses the central ethical questions posed by enhancement, explains the legal context, and offers intriguing suggestions for law and public policy." -Thomas H. Murray, President, The Hastings Center
"Wondergenes is Maxwell Mehlman's wake -- up call to a world that hasn't quite figured out that our genetic future is here. A whole generation of children, senior citizens, and the middle aged are drinking, injecting and pumping chemicals into their bodies to get 'an edge' in every aspect of life. Is that good? Is that fair to the rest of the world -- or even the rest of the soccer team? Mehlman is brilliant, and this is the most sophisticated discussion of enhancement ever written, covering the ethical, legal and personal issues that are already on our doorstep. This book will be on the shelf of every policymaker, clergyperson, and businessnessperson who wants to 'get ahead' on the subject of 'getting ahead.'" -- Glenn McGee, Editor, The American Journal of Bioethics
"Wondergenes is Maxwell Mehlman's wake-up call to a world that hasn't quite figured out that our genetic future is here.A whole generation of children, senior citizens, and the middle aged are drinking, injecting and pumping chemicals into their bodies to get 'an edge' in every aspect of life.Is that good? Is that fair to the rest of the world-or even the rest of the soccer team? Mehlman is brilliant, and this is the most sophisticated discussion of enhancement ever written, covering the ethical, legal and personal issues that are already on our doorstep. This book will be on the shelf of every policymaker, clergyperson, and businessnessperson who wants to 'get ahead' on the subject of 'getting ahead.'" -Glenn McGee, Editor, The American Journal of Bioethics
"Wondergenes is Maxwell Mehlman's wake -- up call to a world that hasn't quite figured out that our genetic future is here. A whole generation of children, senior citizens, and the middle aged are drinking, injecting and pumping chemicals into their bodies to get 'an edge' in every aspect of life. Is that good? Is that fair to the rest of the world -- or even the rest of the soccer team? Mehlman is brilliant, and this is the most sophisticated discussion of enhancement ever written, covering the ethical, legal and personal issues that are already on our doorstep. This book will be on the shelf of every policymaker, clergyperson, and businessnessperson who wants to 'get ahead' on the subject of 'getting ahead.'" -- Glenn McGee, Editor, The American Journal of Bioethics
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is a serious, but accessible introduction to the social and personal implications of genetic engineering. The text weighs the social and economic costs of the many proposals to regulate or limit genetic engineering and provides six recommendations to make the future of genetic enhancement more equitable and safe.
Main Description
Wondergenes not only imagines a future world in which genetic enhancement is the norm, but asserts that this future has already begun. Genetically engineered substances are already in use by athletes, in vitro fertilization already provides the primitive means by which parents can "select" an embryo, and the ability to create new forms of genetically engineered human beings is not far off.What happens when gene therapy becomes gene enhancement? Who will benefit and who might be left behind? What are the costs to our values and beliefs, and to the future of our society? To answer these questions, Maxwell J. Mehlman provides an overview of the scientific advances that have led to the present state of genetic enhancement, and explains how these advances will be used in the future to redefine what we think is a normal human being. Mehlman explores the ethical dilemmas already facing researchers and medical practitioners, and the dilemmas we will all be expected to face. He outlines the many potential uses of genetic enhancement, from improved mental capacities to specialized physical characteristics, and addresses the dangers inherent in this technology. He is particularly concerned with ways to prevent the emergence of a "genobility" made up of those able to afford increasingly expensive enhancement.Wondergenes is a serious, but accessible introduction to the social and personal implications of genetic engineering. Mehlman weighs the social and economic costs of the many proposals to regulate or limit genetic engineering, and provides six concrete policy recommendations, from professional licensing to a ban on germ-line enhancement, that propose to make the future of genetic enhancement more equitable and safe.
Main Description
Wondergenes not only imagines a future world in which genetic enhancement is the norm, but asserts that this future has already begun. Genetically engineered substances are already in use by athletes, in vitro fertilization already provides the primitive means by which parents can "select" an embryo, and the ability to create new forms of genetically engineered human beings is not far off. What happens when gene therapy becomes gene enhancement? Who will benefit and who might be left behind? What are the costs to our values and beliefs, and to the future of our society? To answer these questions, Maxwell J. Mehlman provides an overview of the scientific advances that have led to the present state of genetic enhancement and explains how these advances will be used in the future to redefine what we think of as a normal human being. He explores the ethical dilemmas already facing researchers and medical practitioners, and the dilemmas we will all be expected to face. In his forecast of the dangers inherent in this technology, he is particularly concerned with the emergence of a "genobility" made up of those able to afford increasingly expensive enhancement. Wondergenes is a serious, accessible introduction to the social and personal implications of genetic engineering. Mehlman weighs the social and economic costs of the many proposals to regulate or limit genetic engineering and provides six concrete policy recommendations -- from professional licensing to a ban on germ-line enhancement -- that propose to make the future of genetic enhancement more equitable and safe.
Main Description
Wondergenes not only imagines a future world in which genetic enhancement is the norm, but asserts that this future has already begun. Genetically engineered substances are already in use by athletes, in vitro fertilization already provides the primitive means by which parents can "select" an embryo, and the ability to create new forms of genetically engineered human beings is not far off. What happens when gene therapy becomes gene enhancement? Who will benefit and who might be left behind? What are the costs to our values and beliefs, and to the future of our society? To answer these questions, Maxwell J. Mehlman provides an overview of the scientific advances that have led to the present state of genetic enhancement and explains how these advances will be used in the future to redefine what we think of as a normal human being. He explores the ethical dilemmas already facing researchers and medical practitioners, and the dilemmas we will all be expected to face. In his forecast of the dangers inherent in this technology, he is particularly concerned with the emergence of a "genobility" made up of those able to afford increasingly expensive enhancement. Wondergenes is a serious, accessible introduction to the social and personal implications of genetic engineering. Mehlman weighs the social and economic costs of the many proposals to regulate or limit genetic engineering and provides six concrete policy recommendationsfrom professional licensing to a ban on germ-line enhancementthat propose to make the future of genetic enhancement more equitable and safe.
Main Description
Wondergenes not only imagines a future world in which genetic enhancement is the norm, but asserts that this future has already begun. Genetically engineered substances are already in use by athletes, in vitro fertilization already provides the primitive means by which parents can "select" an embryo, and the ability to create new forms of genetically engineered human beings is not far off. What happens when gene therapy becomes gene enhancement? Who will benefit and who might be left behind? What are the costs to our values and beliefs, and to the future of our society? To answer these questions, Maxwell J. Mehlman provides an overview of the scientific advances that have led to the present state of genetic enhancement and explains how these advances will be used in the future to redefine what we think of as a normal human being. He explores the ethical dilemmas already facing researchers and medical practitioners, and the dilemmas we will all be expected to face. In his forecast of the dangers inherent in this technology, he is particularly concerned with the emergence of a "genobility" made up of those able to afford increasingly expensive enhancement.Wondergenes is a serious, accessible introduction to the social and personal implications of genetic engineering. Mehlman weighs the social and economic costs of the many proposals to regulate or limit genetic engineering and provides six concrete policy recommendations -- from professional licensing to a ban on germ-line enhancement -- that propose to make the future of genetic enhancement more equitable and safe.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
An Announcement at the White Housep. 5
Scientific Foundationsp. 11
Four Revolutionsp. 18
The Fifth Revolutionp. 52
Safety and Effectivenessp. 66
Autonomyp. 83
Authenticityp. 95
Accessp. 101
Inequality and Unfairnessp. 108
Hubrisp. 121
Solutionsp. 126
Better Solutionsp. 155
Spotting Enhancementp. 192
Conclusionp. 197
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 217
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