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The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have

Autor: Rochman, Bonnie

Editorial: Farrar Straus Giroux

Formato:Tapa Dura

Tipo Saldo

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The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have : A sharp-eyed exploration of the promise and peril of having children in an age of genetic tests and interventions.

Is screening for disease in an embryo a humane form of family planning or a slippery slope toward eugenics? Should doctors tell you that your infant daughter is genetically predisposed to breast cancer? If tests revealed that your toddler has a genetic mutation whose significance isn’t clear, would you want to know?

In The Gene Machine, the award-winning journalist Bonnie Rochman deftly explores these hot-button questions, guiding us through the new frontier of gene technology and how it is transforming medicine, bioethics, health care, and the factors that shape a family. Rochman tells the stories of scientists working to unlock the secrets of the human genome; genetic counselors and spiritual advisers guiding mothers and fathers through life-changing choices; and, of course, parents (including Rochman herself) grappling with revelations that are sometimes joyous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always profound. She navigates the dizzying and constantly expanding array of prenatal and postnatal tests, from carrier screening to genome sequencing, while considering how access to more tests is altering perceptions of disability and changing the conversation about what sort of life is worth living and who draws the line. Along the way, she highlights the most urgent ethical quandary: Is this technology a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora’s box of possibilities?

Propelled by human narratives and meticulously reported, The Gene Machine is both a scientific road map and a meditation on our power to shape the future. It is a book that gets to the very core of what it means to be human. NOTE: This is a Scratch and Dent book and may have noticeable dents, scratches and various other cosmetic issues as well as torn or missing dust jacket. These items are only guaranteed to be structurally complete and readable and therefore are sold as is.


Categoría   Sub-Categoría
Ciencia   Life Sciences
Familia y Relaciones   Parenting
Medicina   Reproductive Medicine & Technology

ISBN 13:9780374160784
ISBN 10:0374160783
Formato:Tapa Dura
Idioma:Inglés
Páginas:272
Tamaño:9.34" l x 6.35" w x 0.95" h
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