Redesigning Humans: Choosing Our Genes, Changing Our Future

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Science - 277 pages
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A groundbreaking work, Redesigning Humans tackles the controversial subject of engineering the human germline -- the process of permanently altering the genetic code of an individual so that the changes are passed on to the offspring. Gregory Stock, an expert on the implications of recent advances in reproductive biology, has glimpsed the inevitable future of biomedical engineering. Within decades, Stock asserts, technological advances will bring meaningful changes to our offspring; this scientific revolution promises to fundamentally alter the human species. With recent findings presented in a new afterword, Stock's provocative assessment cuts through the debate to envision an age of radical biotechnological advancement and unprecedented human choice.
 

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REDESIGNING HUMANS: Our Inevitable Genetic Future

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A visionary lays out a future in which humankind is enhanced beyond our wildest dreams . . .. . . which for some may be nightmares. Stock (Director, Program of Medicine, Technology, and Society/UCLA ... Read full review

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User Review  - jwl - LibraryThing

I read this book my freshman year of college and I really enjoyed it - even though I didn't actually agree with most of what Stock has to say. Regardless it's pretty informative and gives you a good deal to think about. Read full review

Contents

1 The Last Human
1
2 Our Commitment to Our Flesh
19
3 Setting the Stage
35
4 Superbiology
62
5 Catching the Wave
78
6 Targets of Design
97
7 Ethics and Ideology
124
8 The Battle for the Future
153
9 The Enhanced and the Unenhanced
176
Regulatory Paths in the Era of Germinal Choice
205
Challenges to Come
210
Acknowledgments
213
Notes
215
Bibliography
245
Index
260
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Gregory Stock, director of the Program of Medicine, Technology, and Society at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, has also written, among other books, Metaman: The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism and the best-selling volume on ethical dilemmas, The Book of Questions.

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