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The Resource Exploding the gene myth : how genetic information is produced and manipulated by scientists, physicians, employers, insurance companies, educators, and law enforcers, Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald

Exploding the gene myth : how genetic information is produced and manipulated by scientists, physicians, employers, insurance companies, educators, and law enforcers, Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald

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Exploding the gene myth : how genetic information is produced and manipulated by scientists, physicians, employers, insurance companies, educators, and law enforcers
Title
Exploding the gene myth
Title remainder
how genetic information is produced and manipulated by scientists, physicians, employers, insurance companies, educators, and law enforcers
Statement of responsibility
Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Is human behavior genetic? Do we inherit our intelligence, our sexuality, our predispositions to illness or depression, or our particular talents through our genes? Newspaper headlines today tout genetic explanations of everything from cancer to alcoholism and criminality. But as Exploding the Gene Myth demonstrates, such explanations are nearly always exaggerated or unfounded, ignoring the complex interactions of genes with environment at every level. Like the eugenic theories of seventy-five years ago, the new genetic determinism serves a conservative social agenda, reflecting our society's eagerness to blame ill health and misfortune on individuals rather than on social and environmental conditions
  • Exploding the Gene Myth explains in clear, accessible language how genes really work. Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald then evaluate the tremendous impact of genetic information on how we are treated by doctors and health insurance companies, by schools, by the criminal justice system, and by potential employers. The authors are especially critical of the multi-billion-dollar Human Genome Initiative, the huge research project to map every gene on the DNA of a prototypical human being. Hubbard and Wald deflate the grandiose promises of therapeutic benefits that are supposed to emerge from the project. They point instead to the real threats to privacy and civil liberties already resulting from the unregulated increase in genetic predictions
  • At a time when the biosciences are undergoing a revolution, the enthusiasm of scientists and the media about new genetic information and technologies needs to be tempered with realism. Hubbard and Wald argue that all citizens, not just scientists, should be able to participate in making the necessary decisions about how to regulate information, protect privacy, and avoid discrimination. Exploding the Gene Myth is a forceful plea for a society that would invest in safe, healthful living and working conditions for everyone rather than the search for ideal or improved genes
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1924-2016
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hubbard, Ruth
Dewey number
174/.9574
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RB155
LC item number
.H8 1993
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
RB155.H83
NAL item number
1993
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
QZ 50
NLM item number
H876e 1993
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wald, Elijah
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Medical genetics
  • Medical genetics
  • Genética médica
  • Etica médica
  • Génétique médicale
  • Génétique médicale
  • Medical genetics
  • Medical genetics
  • Genetica
  • Medische ethiek
  • Genetische manipulatie
  • Bioethik
  • Humangenetik
  • Soziologie
  • Humangenetik
  • Bioethik
  • Soziologie
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Genes
  • Genetics, Medical
Label
Exploding the gene myth : how genetic information is produced and manipulated by scientists, physicians, employers, insurance companies, educators, and law enforcers, Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780807004180.pdf
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-197) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Of genes and people -- Genetic labeling and the old eugenics -- The new eugenics: testing, screening, and choice -- A brief look at genetics -- Genes in context -- "Inherited tendencies": chronic conditions -- "Inherited tendencies": behaviors -- Manipulating our genes -- Genes for sale -- Genetic discrimination: education, employment, and insurance -- DNA-based identification systems, privacy, and civil liberties -- In conclusion ..
Control code
ocm26857244
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 206 pages
Isbn
9780807004180
Lccn
92048822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o26857244
  • (OCoLC)26857244
Label
Exploding the gene myth : how genetic information is produced and manipulated by scientists, physicians, employers, insurance companies, educators, and law enforcers, Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/bowker/toc/9780807004180.pdf
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-197) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Of genes and people -- Genetic labeling and the old eugenics -- The new eugenics: testing, screening, and choice -- A brief look at genetics -- Genes in context -- "Inherited tendencies": chronic conditions -- "Inherited tendencies": behaviors -- Manipulating our genes -- Genes for sale -- Genetic discrimination: education, employment, and insurance -- DNA-based identification systems, privacy, and civil liberties -- In conclusion ..
Control code
ocm26857244
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 206 pages
Isbn
9780807004180
Lccn
92048822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o26857244
  • (OCoLC)26857244

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