No other subject in science today provokes more controversy than human reproduction and genetics. Our increasing ability to manipulate fertility and shape our genetic destiny raises many questions both practical and ethical and creates an equal amount of hope and fear for the future.
In Designing Babies, reproductive expert Roger Gosden provides a compelling overview of this biological revolution. In clear, non-technical language, he explains the science that is emerging and addresses the many social and ethical dilemmas involved. He also offers a startling look into a foreseeable future where fertility will be a matter of choice, genes will be screened and genetic defects repaired prenatally, cloning technology will become more powerful, and parents will be able to choose the sex of their child. Designing Babies explores these and other issues intelligently, with an open-minded approach towards the dangers and benefits such scientific advances might bring.
For better or worse, the human race has co-opted science and technology in its powerful drive to reproduce. Separating the real facts from tabloid fallacies, Designing Babies is a genuinely productive voice in the debate about one of the most contentious and important issues of our day.
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Roger Gosden began his research career in Cambridge, England, under the test-tube baby pioneer Robert Edwards. In 1976, he moved to the University of Edinburgh Medical School where he lectured in physiology for 18 years. He has worked at the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, the Andrus Gerontology Center in Los Angeles, and is currently Professor of Reproductive Biology at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Cheating Time: Science, Sex, and Aging.From Library Journal:
With so much information available about reproductive technology, we may question the need for two more books on this topic; however, this rapidly changing field and the tremendous number of ethical issues surrounding it make continuous updating necessary. Both of these books provide good, though brief, overviews of recent advancements and issues related to reproductive technology, including in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, artificial wombs, male pregnancy, and cloning. Andrews, a professor at Chicago-Kent Coll. of the Law and director of the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, is a recognized legal expert on these difficult issues and has served as an adviser to the U.S. National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Her book provides numerous cases that illustrate the social, ethical, and political implications of this fast-moving, minimally regulated industry. It is difficult to find a truly balanced account of these controversial issues in any one book, and these books are no different. Andrews concentrates on the legal and social aspects, while Gosden (reproductive biology, Univ. of Leeds) provides a medical researcher's viewpoint. While both authors write in an informal lay style, the glossary and list of suggested readings in the Gosden book are a helpful addition for readers who are new to the field. High school and college students will find the Andrews book particularly useful for "hot topics" papers. Both books are recommended for public or undergraduate collections.ATina Neville, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.
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