Basic Questions on Genetics, Stem Cell Research, and Cloning: Are These Technologies Okay to Use?

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Basic Questions on Genetics, Stem Cell Research, and Cloning: Are These Technologies Okay to Use?

By Linda K. Bevington, Ray C. Bohlin, Gary P. Stewart, John F. Kilner, and C. Christopher Hook.
(Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2004)

Together with the rest of the BioBasics series, these six books together provide a convenient overview to some of the most pressing and crucial questions of bioethics.

 

Table of Contents

Genetics, Transgenics, and Xenotransplantation

1. What Is a Gene?
2. What Is the Human Genome Project (HGP)?
3. How Might I Be Affected by the “Genetic Revolution”?
4. Do Our Genes Determine Who We Are?
5. If a Behavior or Trait Is Genetically Based, Does That Make It Morally Acceptable—Or At Least Excusable?
6. What Is Genetic Engineering?
7. How Has Genetic Engineering Been Applied to Bacteria and Viruses?
8. Could Genetic Engineering Result in the Production of a Dangerous “Superbug”?
9. How Has Genetic Engineering Been Applied to Plants and Animals?
10. Why Do People Suffer from Genetically Caused Illnesses?
11. Should I Be Tested for a Genetic Abnormality?
12. What Is Genetic Counseling?
13. How Can Genetic Information Be Used to Help Me?
14. How Can Genetic Information Be Used to Hurt Me?
15. Who Should Have Access to My Genetic Test Results?
16. What Is Gene Therapy, and How Is It Carried Out?
17. Should Gene Therapy in Human Beings Be Pursued?
18. Should I Consider Amniocentesis or Other Forms of Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)?
19. How Can We Help Those Who Suffer from Genetic Disorders?
20. Should I Be Able to Select the Gender of My Child?
21. Should I Think Differently About Genetic Intervention to Correct Medical Problems and Genetic “Design” or “Enhancement”?
22. Is It Okay to Design or Nehance Genetically a Person’s Physical Characteristics and/or Mental States?
23. Could Genetic Engineering Lead to the Creation of a “Super Race”?
24. Are We “Playing God” by Tampering with Genes?
25. Does the Law Allow Researchers to Patent the Genes They Identify and Engineer?
26. Should Researchers Be Allowed to Patent the Genes They Identify and Engineer?
27. Since There Are So Many Unknown Risks, Should We Oppose Genetic Engineering in General?
28. Is Transgenics—Combining Genes from Different Speices—Okay?
29. Is It Wrong to Place Human Genes in an Animal?
30. Is Xenotransplantation—Transplanting Animal Organs Into Humans—Okay?

Stem Cell Research and Cloning

31. What Is an Embryo?
32. What Is Stem Cell Research?
33. Is Adult Stem Cell Research As Promising As Embryonic Stem Cell Research?
34. Should I Be in Favor of Stem Cell Research?
35. What Is Cloning?
36. Why Are Plants and Animals Cloned?
37. Can Human Beings Be Cloned?
38. What Is the Difference Between “Reproductive” and “Research” (or “Therapeutic”) Cloning?
39. Why Would People Want to Clone a Human Being, and Is It Ever Okay to Do So?
40. Would Clones Be Fully Human?