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The matrix : charting an ethics of inheritable genetic modification
Coors, Marilyn E., 1947-
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Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2003]

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x, 161 pages ; 24 cm

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QH438.7 .C665 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The advent of genetic modification in human beings has science and society in one of the great ethical quandaries in history. Faced with unprecedented questions about the meaning of humanity, philosophers and ethicists are compelled to admit to the inadequacy of former ethical systems. Yet in the early stages of genetic modification, we need ethical guidelines more than ever, guidelines that could forebode or decree what is to come. That's where The Matrix comes in. The Inheritable Modification Matrix is the culmination of Marilyn Coors' examination of ethics, religion and science in the context of human genetic modification. The Matrix identifies virtues, values, and principles that differentiate the beneficial uses of inheritable genetic modification from those that threaten the dignity of human life. It is intended to guide moral deliberations concerning the benefits and harms involved, and eventually proposes an ethical boundary for this new and unprecedented technology.

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Marilyn E. Coors is assistant professor in the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center's Program in Health Care Ethics, Humanities, and Law.

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With the elaboration and translation of the human genome and the growth of genetic technology and the ability to manipulate the heritable DNA, the need for moral direction in this new world of biotechnology is strikingly evident. Coors's intent is to connect the realms of ethics, religion, and science in a discourse to elaborate those values that characterize the advantageous outcomes of genetic modification from those that might harm human life. The first of three sections treats the ethics of human genetic modification, which involves science, bioethics, religious, and philosophical issues. The second section looks at the moral events and questions how we can assess genetic changes that will affect future generations. The third part expands on the possible repercussions that can result from genetic manipulation, and so the "Inheritable Modifications Matrix" is proposed to prompt ethical reflection before tinkering with the human genome. Bioethics is a developing field, and it will influence the direction taken in the new and awesome areas of genetic therapy, recombination, cloning, etc. Much contemplative thought. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. R. A. Hoots Woodland Community College