Our ability to alter the course of human development ranks among the most significant changes in modern science. We can choose the sex of our children in advance, and could potentially prevent disease with genetic enhancement. An ethical question then arises as to whether or not these things should be done. The goal of this book is to present enough science so that readers can both make an informed analysis of these issues. The chapters are not meant to provide definitive answers but, rather, to be springboards for discussion. The presentation of topics follows the same sequence used in most developmental biology courses. While the science has been simplified and explained at the level of an introductory biology course, it successfully conveys the essential information for useful discussions.
Table of Contents
PART I: WHEN DOES HUMAN LIFE BEGIN? PART II: SHOULD WE SELECT THE SEX OF OUR CHILDREN? PART III SHOULD WE ALLOW HUMANS TO BE CLONED? PART IV SHALL WE USE STEM CELLS TO REPAIR THE BODY? PART V: SHOULD WE MODIFY THE HUMAN GENOME? PART VI: WHAT IS A NORMAL PHENOTYPE? PART VII: APPENDICES Appendix 1: Ethics of Animal Use in Research Appendix 2: Genetic Determinism
SCOTT F. GILBERT is Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, USA where he teaches developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of biology. He has received several awards, including the Medal of Francois I from the College de France, the Dwight J. Ingle Memorial Writing Award, the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award, an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki, and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant. His present research is in evolutionary developmental biology, focusing on that most interesting of topics-how the turtle forms its shell. ANNA TYLER works in the Biology Department, Dartmouth College, USA EMILY ZACKIN works in the Politics Department, of Princeton University, USA