The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project


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Harvard University Press
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6.08 X 9.17 X 1.01 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel J. Kevles is the Stanley Woodward professor emeritus of history, history of medicine, and American studies at Yale University. His research and writings encompass the interplay of science, technology, and society past and present, with a focus on the United States. Kevles is the author/editor of seven books, notably In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity. He is currently completing Vital Properties: A History of Innovation and Ownership in the Stuff of Life, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. Kevles has also written dozens of articles and essays for publications including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Times Literary Supplement.


This book provides much valuable information on a program that has become international rather than provincial, but whose perceived urgency may exceed its justification.--Bernard D. Davis "Science "
So far, the research (on human genetics) is on track, according to Kevles and Hood, who edited [this] impressive collection of thirteen critical essays by leading biologists, computer scientists and social scientists commenting on both the Genome Project itself and the important ethical implications of the new discoveries in human genetics.--John Wilkes "Los Angeles Times "
The Code of a very balanced cross-section of views on both the scientific aspects of the project and many of the social issues surrounding it... In studying the human genome, much will be discovered about the evolution of life and living systems and if, as the book tries to show, there are fears, there is also hope that this knowledge will benefit humanity. What more can one want?--Sydney Brenner "Nature "
There is a stream of books on the Human Genome Project... This is the best so far. If you want to know the best--and worst--of what tomorrow's genetics can do, buy it.--Steve Jones "Worldlink Magazine "