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The Double-Edged Helix - Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society - cover

The Double-Edged Helix - Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society

Catherine Aird, Peter Conrad, Joseph S. Alper, Adrienne Asch, Jon Beckwith, Lisa N Geller

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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This bioethics anthology exploring the questions and controversies surrounding the innovations of 21st century genetics. 
 
When the Human Genome Project completed its work in the early 2000s, it was hailed as a watershed moment in the history of medicine. But not everyone felt the same optimism about where the breakthrough might lead. The Double-Edged Helix explores the impact of recent genetic discoveries on society as a whole as well as individual populations and communities.  
 
This volume outlines potential positive and negative effects of genetic research on minorities, individuals with disabilities, and those of diverse sexual orientations. Presenting a wide array of perspectives, contributors address the medical and ethical implications of newly available technologies, from prenatal genetic screenings to the so-called “gay gene” debates. They emphasize the need to ensure that genetics research does not lead to discrimination against people on the basis of their DNA. 
 
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