Redesigning Humans

Redesigning Humans

Our Inevitable Genetic Future

Book - 2002
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Forget worries about cloning people. In the future, technological advances will bring far more meaningful and controversial changes to our offspring, says Gregory Stock. As scientists rapidly improve their ability to identify and manipulate genes, people will want to protect their future children from diseases, help them live longer, and even influence their looks and their abilities. Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, clearly shows that neither governments nor religious groups will be able to stop the coming trend of choosing an embryo's genes.


Baker & Taylor
A thought-provoking examination into the implications of reproductive biology reveals that governments, religious groups, and others with ethical and moral concerns will be unable to prevent the technological advances that will lead to the ability to choose certain genes at the embryo stage, allowing parents to custom design their children.

Book News
Stock (medicine, technology, and society; U. of California at Los Angeles) speculates about the arrival of the nbermensch via the purposeful alteration of the human genome. He argues that there is no possibility of limiting through law or any other means the growth of "germinal choice technology." While we may need to look to the Nazis as a cautionary lesson, the new eugenics is viewed as likely leading to a new species of superhumans. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Examines potential uses for genetic technology, including the ability to identify and manipulate genes, and the social and moral consequences of such decisions.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002
ISBN: 9780618060269
061806026X
Branch Call Number: 176 STOCK
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm

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Feb 14, 2017

A rather tedious book; uses the rhetorical form of authority to assert what ought to be argued for; constantly uses "we" to refer to his own ideas and preferences in a lame attempt to co-opt the reader; what little argument there is, is confined to scattered paragraphs. If you already agree with the position of the author, this book may give you additional confidence in your beliefs, but if you're open-minded and desire to make up your mind by exercising your reason, this book won't help.

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