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The Code of Codes By Edited by Daniel J. Kevles

The Code of Codes
by Edited by Daniel J. Kevles

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Our genome defines our possibilities and limitations as members of the species. The goal of the pioneering project outlined in this book is to map our genome in detail. This book is a collective exploration of the substance and possible consequences of this project in relation to ethics, law, and society; and to science, technology, and medicine.
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The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project by Edited by Daniel J. Kevles

The human genome is the key to what makes us human. Composed of the many different genes found in our cells, it defines our possibilities and limitations as members of the species. The ultimate goal of the pioneering project outlined in this book is to map our genome in detail-an achievement that will revolutionize our understanding of human development and the expression of both our normal traits and our abnormal characteristics, such as disease. The Code of Codes is a collective exploration of the substance and possible consequences of this project in relation to ethics, law, and society as well as to science, technology, and medicine. The many debates on the Human Genome Project are prompted in part by its extraordinary cost, which has raised questions about whether it represents the invasion of biology by the kind of Big Science symbolized by high-energy accelerators. While addressing these matters, this book recognizes that far more than money is at stake. Its intent is not to advance naive paeans for the project but to stimulate thought about the serious issues-scientific, social, and ethical-that it provokes. The Code of Codes comprises incisive essays by stellar figures in a variety of fields, including James D. Watson and Walter Gilbert and the social analysts of science Dorothy Nelkin and Evelyn Fox Keller. An authoritative review of the scientific underpinnings of the project is provided by Horace Freeland Judson, author of the bestselling Eighth Day of Creation. The book's broad and balanced coverage and the expertise of its contributors make The Code of Codes the most comprehensive and compelling exploration available on this history-making project.

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So far, the research (on human genetics) is on track, according to Kevles and Hood, who edited [this] impressive collection of thirteen critical essays by leading biologists, computer scientists and social scientists commenting on both the Genome Project itself and the important ethical implications of the new discoveries in human genetics. -- John Wilkes Los Angeles Times The Code of Codes...gives a very balanced cross-section of views on both the scientific aspects of the project and many of the social issues surrounding it...In studying the human genome, much will be discovered about the evolution of life and living systems and if, as the book tries to show, there are fears, there is also hope that this knowledge will benefit humanity. What more can one want? -- Sydney Brenner Nature This book provides much valuable information on a program that has become international rather than provincial, but whose perceived urgency may exceed its justification. -- Bernard D. Davis Science

About Edited by Daniel J. Kevles


Daniel Kevles is Stanley Woodward Professor of History and Law at Yale University. Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., is President and Co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, WA.

Table of Contents


Preface Part I History, Politics, and Genetics 1. Out of Eugenics: The Historical Politics of the Human Genome - Daniel J. Kevles 2. A History of the Science and Technology Behind Gene Mapping and Sequencing - Horace Freeland Judson Part II Genetics, Technology, and Medicine 3. A Vision of the Grail - Walter Gilbert 4. The Challenges to Technology and Informatics - Charles Cantor 5. DNA-Based Medicine: Prevention and Therapy - C. Thomas Caskey 6. Biology and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century - Leroy Hood 7 A Personal View of the Project - James D. Watson Part III Ethics, Law, And Society 8. The Social Power of Genetic Information - Dorothy Nelkin 9. DNA Fingerprinting: Science, Law, and the Ultimate Identifier - Eric Lander 10. Clairvoyance and Caution: Repercussions from the Human Genome Project - Nancy Wexler 11. Genetic Technology and Reproductive Choice: An Ethics for Autonomy - Ruth Schwartz Cowan 12. Health Insurance, Employment Discrimination, and the Genetics Revolution - Henry T. Greely 13. Nature, Nurture, and the Human Genome Project - Evelyn Fox Keller 14. Reflections - Daniel J. Kevles and Leroy Hood Notes Selected Bibliography Glossary Contributors Index

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GOR001408425
The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project by Edited by Daniel J. Kevles
Edited by Daniel J. Kevles
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Harvard University Press
1993-05-18
384
0674136462
9780674136465
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