Genetic Responsibility

On Choosing Our Children’s Genes

  • Mack LipkinJr.
  • Peter T. Rowley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Progress and Problems in Medical Genetics

  3. Counseling and Screening: Choosing Our Children’s Genes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Harvey Bender
      Pages 71-82
  4. Choosing Our Children’s Genes: Impact on Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Garrett Hardin
      Pages 85-91
    3. John Fletcher
      Pages 93-100
    4. Thomas C. Schelling
      Pages 101-110
    5. Roger L. Shinn
      Pages 111-124
  5. How can Society’s Decision-Making Institutions be Made to Face the Long-Term Consequences of Individual Genetic Choices?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Stephen Breyer, Richard Zeckhauser
      Pages 137-143
    3. Daniel M. Singer
      Pages 145-148
  6. Editors’ Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Mack Lipkin Jr., Peter T. Rowley
      Pages 163-170
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 171-176

About this book


The "Genetics, Man, and Society" symposium was a collaborative effort of the Task Force on Genetics and Reproduction at Yale University and the Youth Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (A. A. A. S. ). The Task Force on Genetics and Reproduction at Yale is a voluntary, inter-professional organization engaged in examination of ethical and social implications of medical and basic genetics. It is similar in purpose to the Hastings Institute of Society, Ethics, and Life Sciences and the Kennedy Center for the Study of Bioethics at Georgetown. The Youth Council of A. A. A. S. was a committee of the A. A. A. S. concerned with problems of young persons. The Youth Council had significant impact on the A. A. A. S. through the constitutional reform and a number of innovative programs including the Congressional Fellows and Regional Centers Program, and the Committees on Minorities and Women. The symposium was initially conceived by William Drayton and Richard A. Tropp and was arranged by us. The Task Force took primary responsibility for format and for selecting and inviting speakers. The Youth Council made the arrangements, raised the necessary funds and represented the organizers for post-symposium use of the materials including printed and taped publications. This volume contains the edited proceedings of the symposium plus the editors' perspective on it.


bioethics ethics genetics organizations production reproduction women

Editors and affiliations

  • Mack LipkinJr.
    • 1
  • Peter T. Rowley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics and Division of GeneticsThe University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA

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