Unnatural Selection

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9780553375152: Unnatural Selection

Timely and provocative, Unnatural Selection explores advances in human genetic research--and how these advances are redefining the way we view ourselves and our world.

From physical illnesses to behavioral traits, the mapping of our genes is moving with astonishing rapidity. Every week brings word of new genetic findings. Soon we will have extraordinary amounts of information about our most intimate selves. But--as this insightful, sometimes disturbing book makes clear--this knowledge raises serious ethical, legal, and personal issues none of us can afford to ignore.

With each new genetic test, new questions arise. Just because the test exists, should we be tested? The tests are often marketed by for-profit companies. Who determines what conditions warrant testing? If a person discovers he or she carries the gene for a particular disorder, what then? How private is this knowledge of our most intimate selves? Who has access to it in an age of medical claim forms and computer networks?

In clear and accessible language, Unnatural Selection takes us into the world of researchers, physicians, ethicists, families, and people like ourselves as they contemplate the promise and the pitfalls of this exploding field of knowledge.

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"The Chinese curse, 'May you live in interesting times,' is particularly apt in light of the progress scientists are making now in mapping and sequencing the human genome. For their progress carries with it portentous issues and ethical dilemmas, here addressed by Wingerson. . . . Absorbing. . . Few could be more knowledgeable than she is in guiding us through such hot topics."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Unnatural Selection succeeds in presenting the fascinating issues of genetic science and ethics in a thoroughly engaging manner. By providing insights into the people behind the issues, Wingerson makes the world of genetics come alive for a wide range of readers."
--Mark A. Rothstein, Cullen Distinguished Professor of Law, Director, Health, Law and Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center

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"Absorbing...Few could be more knowledgeable than she is in guiding us."
--Kirkus Reviews

"This is a great book....Wingerson covers almost every ethical aspect of genetics by telling people's stories while displaying regard for the facts."
--Choice

"Thoughtful...Underscores how little prepared we are for the flood of information yielded by genetic research."
--Discover

Named an Outstanding Academic Title of 1999 by Choice, the magazine of the Association of College and Research Libraries

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