Recombinant DNA

Recombinant DNA

Science, Ethics and Politics

1st Edition - January 28, 1978

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  • Editor: John Richards
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323153065

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Recombinant DNA: Science, Ethics, and Politics emerged from papers presented at a conference, Ethical and Methodological Dimensions of Scientific Research: Recombinant DNA, A Case Study, held at the University of Georgia, April 15-16, 1977. Starting with an introduction to the methods and uses of recombinant DNA technology, the remaining contributions made by researchers at the symposium are organized into four parts. The first part contains papers on the development and utilization of recombinant DNA technology; genetic engineering in agriculture; and the dangers of unrestricted research. The second part focuses on the ethical aspects of recombinant DNA research. It includes studies such as ethical prerequisites for examining biological research; the limitations of broad moral policies; and ethical theories underlying the recombinant DNA controversy. The third part examines the legal aspects of recombinant DNA research and examines the issue of whether such research should be regulated. The papers in the fourth part consider directors for future research.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors



    The Galilean Imperative


    The Development and Utilization of Recombinant DNA Technology

    Genetic Engineering in Agriculture: Biological Nitrogen Fixation as a Case History

    The Dangers of Unrestricted Research: The Case of Recombinant DNA

    The Dangers of Unrestricted Research: A Response to Novick

    The Pathogenicity of Escherichia coli


    Ethical Prerequisites for Examining Biological Research: The Case of Recombinant DNA

    Comments on Callahan

    The Limitations of Broad Moral Policies

    Ethical Theories Underlying the Recombinant DNA Controversy


    A Legal Perspective on Recombinant DNA Research

    Regulation of Recombinant DNA Research

    Should Recombinant DNA Research Be Regulated?

    Regulation at Cambridge

    Beyond Recombinant DNA

    Straddling the Boundaries of Theory and Practice: Recombinant DNA Research as a Case of Action in the Process of Inquiry

    Beyond Recombinant DNA—Two Views of the Future


    The Gordon Conference

    The Berg Committee

    The Asilomar Conference

    Chargaff and Simring

    Singer and Berg

    Annotated Bibliography


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  • No. of pages: 382
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: January 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323153065

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