Altering Nature: Volume II: Religion, Biotechnology, and Public Policy

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B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch A. Brody, Gerald P. McKenny
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 1, 2008 - Medical - 356 pages
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The two volumes of Altering Nature consider the complex ways that concepts of a ~naturea (TM) and a ~the naturala (TM) are understood and the relevance of those understandings to discussions of biotechnology.

Volume One, Concepts of a ~Naturea (TM) and a ~The Naturala (TM) in Biotechnology Debates, offers nuanced accounts of the ways that nature is invoked and interpreted, both descriptively and prescriptively, by different disciplines, including perspectives from spirituality and religion, philosophy, science and medicine, law and economics, and aesthetics.

In the context of that broad discussion, Volume Two, Religion, Biotechnology, and Public Policy, reviews recent religious and ethical analyses of four specific areas of biotechnology: assisted reproduction, genetic therapy and enhancement, human-machine incorporation, and biodiversity. It identifies and explores the richer normative themes that inform particular debates and suggests ways that policy choices in biotechnology may be illuminated by devoting greater attention to religious perspectives.

 

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Compatible Contradictions Religion and the Naturalization of Assisted Reproduction1
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Religion Conceptions of Nature and Assisted Reproductive Technology Policy
86
Religious Traditions and Genetic Enhancement
109
How Bioethics Can Inform Policy Decisions About Genetic Enhancement
160
The Machine in the Body Ethical and Religious Issues in the Bodily Incorporation of Mechanical Devices
199
Medical Devices Policy and the Humanities Examining Implantable Cardiac Devices
259
Biodiversity and Biotechnology
285
Swimming Upstream Regulating Genetically Modified Salmon
320
Index
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Page vii - Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine.

About the author (2008)

Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine, Community Medicine and Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is also the author, with Frank A. Chervenak, of Ethics in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OUP, 1994).
James W. Jones, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Surgery, Cell Biology and Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is also Chief of Surgical Service at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Baruch A. Brody, Ph.D., is the Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also Professor of Philosophy at Rice University. His previous books include Life and Death Decision Making (OUP, 1988) and
Ethical Issues in Drug Testing, Approval, and Pricing (OUP, 1995).

McKenny is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University.

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