Bioethics and the New Embryology: Springboards for Debate
“With its broad-ranging coverage of embryo-related biotechnologies, Gilbert's book makes an excellent text for high-school and university biology students and for bioethics courses. It also superbly meets the need for an accessible, accurate resource for the biotechnological knowledge needed for informed policymaking. … the book is an important contribution to informed dialogue among citizens from a wide range of educational levels, professions, and generations … .”
—James Bradley, Nature
“Advances in developmental biology, whether basic or applied, undoubtedly raise significant ethical and societal issues. A new book, by developmental biologist Scott F. Gilbert and his students, Anna Tyler and Emily Zackin, introduces many of these ethical issues, and these issues are presented against the backdrop of sound, though simplified, science. As such, Bioethics and the New Embryology: Springboards for Debate is most welcome, and should inform and indeed transform ethical and political discussions of developmental biology.”
— Jason Scott Robert, BioEssays
“This excellent new textbook, which is topical, easy to read, and beautifully produced, fills a void.”
—Josephine Johnston, The Quarterly Review of Biology
"At long last, here is a biology text that raises challenging questions of ethical legal and social implications in a serious and meaningful way . . . [placing] all of its content in the social and historical context necessary for the understanding both of the science and of its place in the larger scheme of things. I know of no other book that does the job better. . . . But the most amazing feature is the price. Finally, here is a book that students will not resent buying, and can affordably be added as a supplemental textbook to any course."
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“The bioethics literature could thus use a book that genuinely integrates biological and ethical concerns—rubbing (budding) philosophers' noses in the realm of facticity while forcing (budding) biologists to confront questions of normativity. Bioethics and the New Embryology … is not quite the integrative book I've just described, but it comes very close, and does an admirable job as far as it goes.”
—Irfan Khawaja, Teaching Philosophy
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