Behavioral Genetics: The Clash of Culture and Biology

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Ronald A. Carson, Mark A. Rothstein
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999 - Medical - 206 pages
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Scientists conducting human genome research are identifying genetic disorders and traits at an accelerating rate. Genetic factors in human behaviour appear particularly complex and slow to emerge, yet have begun raising their own set of difficult ethical, legal and social issues. In his volume, Ronald Carson and Mark Rothstein bring together well-known experts from the fields of genetics, ethics, neurosciences, psychiatry, sociology and law, to address the cultural and biological underpinnings of behavioural genetics. The authors discuss a range of topics, including the ethical questions arising from gene therapy and screening, molecular research in psychiatry, and the legal ramifications and social consequences of behavioural genetic information. Throughout, they focus on two basic concerns: the quality of the science behind behavioural genetic claims and the need to formulate an appropriate, ethically defensible response when the science turns out to be good.

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Research in Behavioral Genetics
12
Identifying the Molecular Genetic Basis
35
Complexity and Research Strategies
61
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Ronald A. Carson is Professor Emeritus at the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch. He has received fellowships from the Institute on Human Values in Medicine, the Council for Philosophical Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center, a former president of the Society for Health and Human Values, and a recipient of that society's annual award. He has written many articles, chapters, and book reviews. He is co-editor of four books, including Practicing the Medical Humanities: Engaging Physicians and Patients (2003).

Mark A. Rothstein is Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law in the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville.

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