This book is a rich blend of analyses by leading experts from various cultures and disciplines. A compact introduction to a complex field, it illustrates biotechnology's profound impact upon the environment and society. Moreover, it underscores the vital relevance of cultural values. This book empowers readers to more critically assess biotechnology's value and effectiveness within both specific cultural and global contexts.
Michael C. Brannigan is vice president of clinical and organizational ethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Missouri.
Part 1 Introduction: The Need for Cross-Cultural Considerations in Biotechnology Part 2 International Overviews and Policies Chapter 3 Commercialization and Benefit-Sharing of Biotechnology: Cross-Cultural Concerns? Chapter 4 The International Human Genome Project: An Overview Chapter 5 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Biotechnology Part 6 Specific Challenges in Cultures and Nations Chapter 7 The Ethics and Policy Issues in Creating a Stem Cell Donor: A Case Study in Reproductive Genetics Chapter 8 Optimizing Safety and Benefits of Genetic Testing: A Look at the Canadian Policy Chapter 9 Experimentation on Human Embryos: The Bioethical Discussion in Europe with Special Attention to Austria and Germany Chapter 10 The Cultural Challenge of Biotechnology in Post-Communist Europe Chapter 11 Why Is This Gene Different from All Other Genes? The Jewish Approach to Biotechnology Chapter 12 Islamic Perspectives on Biotechnology Chapter 13 Agricultural Biotechnology in African Countries Chapter 14 Autonomy, Humane Medicine, and Research Ethics: An East Asian Perspective Chapter 15 Indigenous Knowledge, Patenting, and the Biotechnology Industry Part 16 Specific Global Challenges Chapter 17 Cross-Cultural Issues in Balancing Patent Rights and Consumer Access to Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Inventions Chapter 18 Media, Biotechnology, and Culture Chapter 19 Tricksters, The Plague, and Mirrors: Biotechnology, Bioterrorism, and Justice