Genetic Democracy: Philosophical Perspectives
“Genetic Democracy” involves an in-depth analysis of the ethical, social and philosophical issues related to modern genetic research and gene technology. The aim of the book is to introduce systematic research on the social and ethical impacts of the use and development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as the acquisition, use and storage of human genetic information (HGI). The book contributes to enhancing public discussion and reaching fair and democratic decision-making practices in GMO and HGI use and development both on local and global level.
There are currently few European texts which address the issues involved in a theoretical and systematical manner. “Genetic Democracy” has been written from the viewpoint of social and political philosophy rather than that of traditional bioethics. There is a clear need for a throughout and authoritative philosophical and ethical analysis of the issues involved in genetic research and gene technology. The book will appeal to philosophers, social scientists, genetics professionals, policy makers, academics, industrial organisations and human rights organisations as well as university students and legal scholars. The book will have a broad appeal across Europe, Asia and America since many states are currently considering policy responses to many of the practices discussed in the books (e.g., human biobanks).
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As a result of this development, it has become almost natural to approach genethical issues (or what is sometimes now called 'genetic technoscience') from a multidimensional and interdisciplinary perspective.
In short, then, it seems that the ethical and social issues of both human and non-human genetic research are analysed more usefully when they are tied to, and the analysis critically reflects, the present and prospective realities of ...
These prerequisites, she points out, are usually taken for granted when discussing ethical, social and environmental issues raised by modern bioscience and technology. The interesting thing to observe is that, in current ethical and ...
At first glance, it may seem that the contribution of philosophers to discussions of these issues must be quite limited. However, as Marko Ahteensuu (in 'The Precautionary Principle and the Risks of Modern Agri-Biotechnology') and ...
Issues of this kind are genuine ethical problems in the sense that the moral conflict may remain even when the empirical (scientific) and legal facts are clear and accepted by all parties involved in the disagreement.
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Ethical Expertise in Democratic Societies
The UNESCO Universal Declaration
Autonomy and Genetic Privacy
The Precautionary Principle and the Risks of Modern AgriBiotechnology
Population Databanks and Democracy in Light of the Icelandic Experience
Vilhjálmur Árnason and Stefán Hjörleifsson
Genetic Resources Genetic Democracy and Genetic Equity
Moral Constraints on Permissible Genetic Design