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Biotechnology and the Human Good [Paperback]

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Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 7.12" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 2007
Publisher   Georgetown University Press
Age  22
ISBN  1589011384  
EAN  9781589011380  

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In the past several decades biotechnologies have provided patients with a multitude of means to address illness and disability. Some biotechnologies, such as reproductive technologies and genetic enhancements, have created significant questions about the appropriateness of medical progress, and carry ethical and social implications for society. Should biotechnology move full steam ahead? Or should we show some degree of restraint? Amid the clamoring of conflicting claims is a profound absence of the answer to a fundamental question: the ultimate goal of biotechnology. What guidelines are available? How should we assess advances in clinical medicine? For those with Christian commitments, how does one reconcile such concepts as human dignity with biotechnical progress? Is the manipulation of embryos, for instance, really progress?This book, an interdisciplinary effort by several scholars writing with one voice, a voice deeply influenced by Christian theology, reviews recent developments in genetics, nanontechnology, cybernetics, neuroscience and pharmacology that not only may lead to new tools for healing, but that can also be used to enhance or augment normal human function. The authors also look at how competing worldviews--philosophical and religious--assess such developments. After laying out a Christian anthropology, or understanding of human nature, they conclude with a discussion of the proper use of biotechnology to pursue human flourishing. While fully supportive of medical progress to combat disease, which might include research on human subjects, they are suspicious of medical attempts to "improve" human nature.

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C. Ben Mitchell (PhD, University of Tennessee) is the provost and vice president for academic affairs and holds the Graves Chair of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He also serves as the editor of Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics. He is a senior fellow in the Academy of Fellows of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and previously served as its executive director. Additionally, for more than ten years he served as a faculty member at Trinity International University.

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and six grandchildren.

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We can...but should we?  May 30, 2008
Biotechnology and the Human Good is an important work by experts in their respective areas. The world is changing at breakneck speeds. We can now do things with the human body thought impossible a generation ago. There has been an explosion of genetic information. But the ever important, though muted question in our culture, is should we? This book offers solid, carefully reasoned advice for a way forward in a manner that treats all people with dignity and respect. Highly recommended!

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Essential for college-level science libraries  Oct 6, 2007
Great scientific and technological advancements benefiting mankind have come from biotech labs - but also some of the greatest ethical concerns have accompanied them, unfortunately. BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE HUMAN GOOD charts the latest arguments over recent developments in reproductive and genetic science, building a case for stewardship routed in Judeo-Christian theism. What is science's responsibility in promoting the greater good? BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE HUMAN GOOD is essential for college-level science libraries; particularly those interested in some of the religious foundations of bioethical concerns.

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