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Title:
Human genetics
Author:
Gerdes, Louise I., 1953- , editor.
Publication Information:
Farmington Hills, Mich : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
235 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm.
Summary:
"Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected sources and publications"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Should people embrace human genetic enhancements and therapies? Gene therapies have the potential to improve human health / Focusing on human genomics to improve human health is impractical / Human embryonic stem cell research can meet ethical guidelines / Human embryonic stem cell cloning has failed to yield effective cures / Selecting a child's genetic traits will create a privileged elite / Is China really breeding a crop of genetically engineered geniuses? / Antidoping agencies anticipate genetic enhancement to improve athletic performance / How close are we to gene doping? / Should biotech companies be allowed to patent human genes? Gene patents promote scientific progress and medical innovation / Gene patents allow biotech companies to monopolize human genes / Human gene patents hurt women / Supreme Court gene-patent decision will inhibit genetic research / Supreme Court gene-patent decision will not inhibit genetic research / Are human genetic tests beneficial? Get ready for the risks of genetic testing / Direct-to-consumer genetic test concerns are unfounded / Genetic tests are not yet reliable or useful / Prenatal genetic testing helps women detect birth defects / Prenatal genetic testing promotes abortion / Prenatal genetic testing raises serious social concerns / What is the impact of collecting human genetic information? Collection of human genetic information poses threats to civil liberties / Americans are optimistic about the benefits of genomic information / To stop crime, share your genes / DNA databases threaten civil liberties and rights / Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act / Genetic Information Non-Discrinimation Act does not protect Americans from genetic discrimination
ISBN:
9780737769531

9780737769548
Format :
Book

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Within the limits of today's technology, the human genome is as complete as it can be. With this map came a new era of Science. We believe that this map will, and does, unlock many health and developmental mysteries. This volume explores issues relating to the science of human genetics. Should we get onboard with human genetic enhancement and therapies? Should private companies be able to patent and profit from their genetic discoveries when that map is the crux of humanity? Is genetic testing beneficial? Lastly, what is the impact of collecting human genetic information; who's going to track us and why? This single volume answers these questions, from a variety of well-respected resources, in an array of viewpoints in which many views are divergent. This panoply of information allows readers to think critically and develop their own intelligent viewpoints.