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Genetic dilemmas : reproductive technology, parental choices, and children's futures
Davis, Dena S., 1947-
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New York : Routledge, [2001]

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ix, 153 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- The ethics and ethos of genetic counseling -- A short discussion of harm -- Choosing for disability -- Childhood testing for genetic traits -- Sex selection -- Cloning humans -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Index.

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In Genetic Dilemmas and the Child's Right to an OpenFuture, Davis examines perplexing medical cases as a means to discussion of ethical dilemmas raised by the availability of new reproductive technologies.

Author Notes

Dena S. Davis is a professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, and the 2000-2001 SmithKline Beecham Fellow in Genetics and the Law at the Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology at Arizona State University

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Davis offers an excellent review of common ethical issues in medical genetics. Although it is not possible to cover all issues in this field, she does discuss some of the more common and controversial issues: parents who wish to conceive a child even though the child might have a specific disability (deafness or dwarfism), childhood testing for genetic traits, sex selection, and human cloning. One unique aspect of this book is that it examines how parental choices affect the child, whether unborn or one whose parents are considering testing for carrier status or adult-onset disease. Davis argues that parents' choices almost irreversibly affect the child's ability to choose, by either expanding or limiting those choices. She also argues that medical geneticists often are so concerned with not imparting their own judgment on their clients that they do not take into consideration the effect the parents' decision will have on their children's ability to make their own choices. The author also examines uses of sex selection and cloning and makes arguments for limited use of these technologies. Davis acknowledges that these are difficult cases and that each individual must ultimately make up his or her own mind on these issues. An excellent resource for students of human genetics and medical ethics. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. B. W. Auclair St. Joseph College

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 The Ethics and Ethos of Genetic Counselingp. 9
2 A Short Discussion of Harmp. 35
3 Choosing for Disabilityp. 49
4 Childhood Testing for Genetic Traitsp. 69
5 Sex Selectionp. 87
6 Cloning Humansp. 107
Conclusionp. 129
Notesp. 133
Indexp. 149