This text provides an investigation into how the Human Genome Project (HGP) is likely to affect future generations. It examines the implications these effects hold for evaluating HGP and other research efforts like it.
Publisher: Creighton University,U.S.
Number of pages: 179
Weight: 392 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
The U. S. Human Genome Project is changing the way medicine is practiced and challenging our ideas of health and our fundamental notions about what it means to be human. Jan Heller's Human Genome Research And The Challenge Of Contingent Future Persons is an investigation into how the Human Genome Project is likely to affect future generations. It explores the implications these effects hold for evaluating genetic research, particularly from a theological perspective. Examining the economic, political, and philosophical issues underlying genetic research, Heller finds that some future people may bear an inordinate share of certain social costs stemming from the Project's biomedical applications. Further, the existence, numbers, and identities of those people will be contingent on decisions made based on this research. Heller investigates the theological implications of this problem, arriving at an "impersonal theocentric" approach to value in this detailed, thoughtful, and original contribution to the literature. * -The Midwest Book Review *