Ethical Issues in Biotechnology

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Ethical Issues in Biotechnology is the first textbook of its kind, written collaboratively by a philosopher and a biologist to provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the ethical and scientific fundamentals of biotechnology. Engaging the ethics and the science side by side, the text addresses pressing questions in agricultural, food, and animal biotechnology; human genetics; gene therapy; human cloning; and stem cell research. A general introduction to both the moral philosophy and fundamentals of genetics is enhanced throughout the text with section-specific introductions addressing the particular philosophical and scientific challenges posed by the topic under consideration. Diagrams and drawings, study cases, liberal use of practical examples, and suggestions for further reading make the text an ideal resource for a broad range of students interested in issues and questions lying at the intersection of philosophy and genetics.

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Richard Sherlock is professor of philosophy at Utah State University. John D. Morrey is research professor in the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University. Professors Sherlock and Morrey team teach an undergraduate course on ethical issues in biotechnology at Utah State.

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This will be the field-defining book for the ethics of biotechnology. It is the best one-volume guide to the issues currently being debated with respect to the new genetic technologies, and the only one that illuminates the connections between medical and agricultural applications. Teachers will use it in the classroom, but beyond that it should be thought of as an indispensable read for anyone who wants to be informed about science, ethics, and public policy. (Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Community Ethics)

Richard Sherlock and John Morrey have developed a timely anthology on the ethical dimensions in biotechnology that is both scientifically sound and philosophically provocative. Engaging readings as well as a compendium of cases offer many formats for teachable dialogue between instructor and students. The questions―scientific, philosophical, political, legal, moral―examined through Ethical Issues in Biotechnology illustrate the urgent need for critical ethical scholarship in this rapidly emerging field. This anthology meets that need. (Courtney S. Campbell, Oregon State University)

The most substantial and sophisticated treatment of biomedical ethics that I have come across recently, and a treatment that remains quite accessible to undergraduate students. (Dr. S. N. Fratantaro, Providence College)

It is refreshingly atypical that the book does not just focus on human cloning or human genetic screening but takes on the whole topic of biotechnology. It is enterprising and clever to have a book edited collaboratively by a biologist and a philosopher, and the result is a balanced treatment. The readings have already been proven successful with students. With diagrams, study cases, examples, and suggestions for further research, the book is a comprehensive and well-expressed introduction to the science and ethics of biotechnology. (Research News and Opportunities In Science and Theology)

All who are involved in ethics and biotechnology should be immensely grateful for [Sherlock and Morrey's] efforts. Balanced and teachable, Ethical Issues in Biotechnology is a valuable contribution to the field, and a must-have for those teaching either undergraduates enrolled in upper-level courses, or graduates students, across the disciplines of science and humanities. (Technology and Culture)

Sherlock and Morrey cover a fascinating and engaging set of cutting edge issues. This work covers biotechnology in the broadest sense of the word, contains masterfully selected readings, and challenges the reader to think into the future. It should be very useful to college, graduate, and professional students. (Steven Post, Case Western Reserve University)

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