These essays grew out of an effort at the EMBL to promote a new form of science communication on the social, ethical, and political issues that surround rapid change in the life sciences. Published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, these eighteen essays address the main topics of the future of the biosciences, biosciences and basic values, genomics and the globalization of biology, science miscommunication, and reproductive technologies. Hot topics such as cloning, genomics, reproductive technologies, heatlh care costs are addressed.

Key Features

Key Features * Significant to those in the life sciences and social sciences * Features an Introduction by Halldór Stefánsson * Published in conjunction with the prestigious European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)


Molecular biologists, geneticists, biomedical researchers, and researchers in the life sciences and social sciences.

Table of Contents

A Revolutionary Landscape: The Restructuring of Biology and its Convergence with Medicine Man's Place in Nature: Evolutionary Past and Genomic Future New Millennium: New Biology? Biomedical Research and Health Care Costs: How Much Progress Can We Afford? The Life Sciences and the Rule of Law The Impact of the New Biology on Ethics Science and Philosophy: Bridging the Two Cultures Divide Society, Stem Cells, Embryos, and Cloning—Unraveling the Ethics of a Hot Debate Human Behavioral Genetics—Past and Future The Human Genome Project: A Player's Perspective Acceptable Intellectual Property Life Sciences: Discontents and Consolations Futures in Scientific Communication and Outreach Is Science Dangerous? Scientists as Communicators Technology and Human Reproduction: 1950-2050 Still Giving Nature a Helping Hand? Surrogacy: A Debate about Technology and Society


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