New Book from the Council for Responsible Genetics: "Biotechnology in our Lives"

by jeeg 4. June 2013 20:21



“Important essays on one of the most important topics of our time. If you want to understand the 21st century, this is a good place to start!” (Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College)


For more than a quarter of a century, the Council for Responsible Genetics’ GeneWatch magazine has provided a unique historical lens into the modern history, science, ethics, and politics of genetic technologies.  Now, to commemorate its 30th anniversary, CRG offers a fascinating look at the societal implications of the biotech revolution for everyday readers and experts alike.


In Biotechnology in Our Lives: What Modern Genetics Can Tell You about Assisted Reproduction, Human Behavior, Personalized Medicine, and Much More (Skyhorse Publishing, June 2013), editors Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber have selected some of the best essays published over the thirty-year run of GeneWatch. These essays represent a variety of perspectives from some of the most influential scientists, social activists, public health advocates and scholars in the field to have worked with the Council for Responsible Genetics, including Richard Lewontin and Ruth Hubbard, Professors Emeritus at Harvard University; Elizabeth Kearney, former president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute; and many more.


As biotechnology progresses, lawmakers are struggling to keep pace. These essays encourage us to consider the social, environmental, and moral ramifications of our experimenting.  Whether it’s gene therapy, genetic discrimination, assisted reproduction, behavioral genetics, DNA databanks, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, police access to your DNA or the exaggerated emphasis that the media places on genetics in human development, Biotechnology in Our Lives examines every facet of the debate and leaves no stone unturned.


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 Since 1983, the Council for Responsible Genetics has represented the public interest and fostered public debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of genetic technologies.  CRG is a leader in the movement to steer biotechnology toward the advancement of public health, environmental protection, equal justice, and respect for human rights.


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