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- Talbot, Marianne.
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
xi, 464 p. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm.
- Medical subjects:
Biomedical Enhancement -- ethics.
Biotechnology -- ethics.
Cloning, Organism -- ethics.
Reproduction -- ethics.
- "An understanding of the ethical implications of their work is now essential for all scientists. This accessible textbook clearly explains bioethical theories and their philosophical foundations to science students, enabling them to confidently take part in the key ethical debates of biotechnology. Over 200 activities introduce topics for personal reflection and discussion points encourage students to think for themselves and build their own arguments. Highlighting the potential pitfalls for those new to bioethics, each chapter features boxes providing factual information and outlining the philosophical background. Accompanying online podcasts by the author (two of whose podcasts on iTunesU have attracted over 3 million downloads) explain points that might be difficult for beginners. Detailed case studies provide an insight into real-life examples of bioethical problems. Within-chapter essay questions and quizzes, along with end-of-chapter review questions, allow students to check their understanding and encourage broader thinking about the topics discussed"-- Provided by publisher.
- Part I. Bioethics and ethics. Biotechnology and bioethics : what it's all about
Ethics in general : ethics, action and freedom
Ethics in the context of society : ethics, society and the law
Ethical theories : virtue, duty and happiness
Identifying and evaluating arguments : logic and morality
General arguments : it's unnatural, it's disgusting, it's risky, it's only opinion
Part II. The beginning and end of life. Section 1. Cloning. Therapeutic cloning : the moral status of embryos
Reproductive cloning : science and science fiction
Section 2. Reproduction. Reproductive freedom : rights, responsibilities and choice
The resources of reproduction : eggs, sperm and wombs for sale
Screening and embryo selection : eliminating disorders or people?
Section 3. Ageing and death. Ageing and immortality : the search for longevity
Death and killing : the quality and value of life
Part III. In the midst of life. Section 4. Our duties to ourselves. Human enhancement : the more the better?
Bio-information : databases, privacy and the fight against crime
Security and defence : security sensitivity, publication and warfare
Section 5. Our duties to each other. Food and energy security : GM food, biofuel and the media
Bio-ownership : who owns the stuff of life?
Human justice : the developed and developing worlds
Section 6. Our duties to nature. Non-human animals : consciousness, rationality and animal rights
The living and non-living environment : spaceship Earth
Reflection, speculation and points to ponder.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Samuel Bellet Book Fund.
- Samuel Bellet Book Fund.
- 9780521888332 (hardback)
- Web link:
The Samuel Bellet Book Fund Home Page