Promise and Peril

Book - 2008
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"The genetic revolution has provided incredibly valuable information about our DNA, information that can be used to benefit and inform - but also to judge, discriminate against, and abuse. An essential reference for living in today's world, this book gives the background information critical to understanding how genetics is now affecting our lives. Written in clear, lively language, it gives a comprehensive view of exciting recent discoveries and explores the ethical, legal, and social issues that have arisen with each new development. Incorporating many personal stories from their extensive involvement in genetic research, Linda and Edward McCabe demystify much current thinking. They reject the pervasive mindset of genetic determinism, debunk traditional definitions of race and gender, and consider who actually owns our genes. They reveal how genomic medicine will provide predictive, preventive, and personalized care in the future; discuss "designer babies"; consider the legal status of genetic discrimination as it relates to employment, health insurance, and life insurance; and delve into many other fascinating and timely issues."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008
ISBN: 0520251873 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520251878 (cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 616.042 MCC
Characteristics: xv, 339 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McCabe, Edward R. B.

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