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The Human Genome Project in College Curriculum
Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies
Aine Donovan, ed.; Ronald M. Green, ed.

Dartmouth College Press
2008 • 200 pp. 5 b&w illus. 6 x 9"
Medical Ethics / Biology

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"[Donovan and Green] present a comprehensive work addressing both the issues raised by the Human Genome Project and providing pedagogical examples for undergraduate courses . . . This book is especially recommended for faculty interested in incorporating genetic or biomedical ethics into their courses . . . Highly recommended." Choice

A provocative essay collection dealing with a range of ethical issues emerging from the Human Genome Project

Begun formally in 1990, the U.S. Human Genome Project’s (HGP) goals were to identify all the 20,000 to 25,000 genes in human DNA, determine the sequences of the three billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA, store this information in databases, improve tools for data analysis, and transfer related technologies to the private sector. It was the first large scientific undertaking to address potential issues that arose from project data, and opened up vast possibilities for the use of genetic data and the alteration of our genetic makeup. This volume is the first to address the diverse range of ethical issues arising from the HGP, and enables professors to bring this critically important topic to life in the classroom.

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“For topics that include reproductive choices, genography, and behavioral genetics, some of America's forward-looking professors offer practical ways for teaching the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetic research. This text should be required reading for at least one course on every campus!”—Prof. Isaac M. T. Mwase, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care

“At a time when direct-to-consumer DNA tests and the availability of inexpensive personal genome profiles are exploding on to the market, we now have the timeliest of publications.  This book fills a huge gap, providing a series of textured analyses of the social and ethical complexities embedded in the emerging applications of human genetic technologies.  Aimed at college courses, the reach is far broader—a teaching tool for theologians, legislators, hairdressers and bartenders.”—Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics

AINE DONOVAN is the Executive Director of the Ethics Institute and a faculty member of both the education department at Dartmouth College and Tuck School of Business. RONALD M. GREEN is Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College.

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