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Understanding Cloning (Science Made Accessible)

by Scientific American

Publisher: Warner Books
Publication Date: Friday, March 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 144
ISBN: 0446678740


Book Summary:
Dolly the Sheep was only the beginning. The potential for cloningthe process of identical asexual reproductionis limitless. As well as addressing scientific concerns, the book also discusses the ethical questions raised by cloning, including a timely look at the intricacies of the stem cell debate.

The potential for cloning, or the process of identical asexual reproduction, is limitless. With a foreword by William Haseltine Ph. D., the CEO of Human Genome Sciences, this book explores that potential and all the surrounding issues, asking the questions: · Can cloning be used to perpetuate endangered species? · Can it resuscitate species that no longer survive? · Will cloning be used to create living, healthy human organs that can be used as replacement parts? · Could we use cloning to equip old brains with new bodies? This book also discusses the ethical questions raised by cloning, providing answers and speculation in essays entitled "Cloning Noah's Ark," "Growing New Organs," "Head Transplants," and an essay titled "I Clone" by Ronald M. Green, the director of Dartmouth College's ethics institute. The book-like the entire series-is targeted to intelligent readers who want to expand their understanding of complex scientific subjects and contains essays from top scientists working in the field, including Robert J. White, the professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University.Like the magazine, the book encompasses a spectrum of innovation through expert-authored articles that demonstrate the convergence of science, technology, and the world economy, challenging readers with fresh, new ideas and empowering them to make smart, strategic decisions.


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