Discussions of human biology and its consequences for ethics and public policy are often misguided. Both proponents and critics of behavioral genetics, reproductive cloning, and genetic testing have mistaken beliefs about the role of genes in human life. Taking Biology Seriously calls attention to the social context in which both the science and our ethical precepts and public policies play a role.
Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, previously Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX, is now a Research Ethicist in the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Chapter 1 Misunderstanding Biology: Epistemological, Scientific, and Moral Problems Chapter 2 Biological Explanations and Social Responsibility Chapter 3 An Introduction to the Science of Cloning Chapter 4 Cloning-or not-Human Beings Chapter 5 Putting Human Cloning Where It belongs Chapter 6 Obtaining Genetic Information Chapter 7 Genetic Information and Moral Obligation Chapter 8 Moral Obligations, Genetic Information, and Social Context Chapter 9 On the Need to Take Biology Seriously Part 22 Genetic Information and Moral Obligations