Genetics and the Law III

  • Aubrey Milunsky
  • George J. Annas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Biotechnology: Boon or Bane?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. The Future of Genetic Manipulation

      1. Leon E. Rosenberg
        Pages 5-13
      2. Norman Fost
        Pages 15-21
      3. Alexander Morgan Capron
        Pages 23-35
    3. The University—Industry—Government Complex

    4. Human Applications of Genetic Engineering

      1. Tabitha M. Powledge
        Pages 75-79
      2. J. Robert Nelson
        Pages 81-95
      3. Ruth Macklin
        Pages 107-114
      4. John A. Robertson
        Pages 115-133
  3. New Ways of Making Babies: Brave New World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Laboratories for Babies

    3. Having Other People’s Babies

      1. Bernard M. Dickens
        Pages 183-214
      2. Philip R. Reilly
        Pages 227-248

About this book

Introduction

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, ... it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. . . . -Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Dickens, of course, did not have the contemporary dilemmas of modern genetics in mind. Indeed, we need to remind ourselves how short the history of modern genetics really is. Recognition that genetic traits are carried by deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) occurred only about 40 years ago. Knowledge of the three-dimensional structure of DNA is only about 30 years old. The correct number of human chromosomes was not deter­ mined until the mid-1950s, and Down syndrome was recognized only in 1959. It was not until in 1968 that the exact location of a gene was determined on an autosomal chromo­ some, and the study of genes, rather than their protein products, has been possible for barely a decade.

Keywords

DNA chromosome ethics genes genetics prenatal diagnosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Aubrey Milunsky
    • 1
  • George J. Annas
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Human GeneticsBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Health Law SectionBoston University Schools of Medicine and Public HealthBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-4952-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-4954-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-4952-5
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