Written in code : diversity and the new genetics

Bennett, Belinda (2000) Written in code : diversity and the new genetics. In Freeman, Michael & Lewis, Andrew (Eds.) Law and Medicine : Current Legal Issues. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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Abstract

Modern genetic research holds out the promise of a bold new future in which humanity has identified and conquered the genetic roots of many diseases. Genetic science also promises to shed light on who we are, what it is that makes us tick, what it is that makes us the way we are — in short, what it is that makes us human. Yet while genetics are a potential saviour (saving us from disease), it also appears as a threat that at the extremes appears to be the stuff of our worst nightmares, such as the prospect, probably more imagined than real, of rows of cloned individuals. The new genetics hold out the promise that through genetics we will be able to determine what we are, a promise that is simultaneously appealing and terrifying. This chapter discusses the cloning of people and parts, the law’s response to cloning, genetics and diversity, a framework for law reform.

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ID Code: 71223
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: bioethics, genetic research, cloning, diversity, law reform
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.003.0011
ISBN: 9780198299189
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 08 May 2014 04:23
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 05:20

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