Altered Inheritance: Crispr and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing

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Harvard University Press
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5.7 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Françoise Baylis is an internationally renowned bioethics expert whose innovative work, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the very boundaries of the field. Her ethics research focuses primarily on women's reproductive health and genetic technologies. Baylis believes bioethicists need to exercise their moral imagination and find creative ways to make the powerful care. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2017, she was awarded the Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
Altered Inheritance is a call to action. Fair, balanced, and enjoyably readable, this book provides us with insights into the greatest technical and social challenges of our day and their ethical impact on future generations.--George Church, coauthor of Regenesis
Altered Inheritance argues that the use of gene-editing technology should require significant input from the broad public. This book is extremely timely, addresses a high interest and important topic, and comes from an influential voice in the gene-editing debate.--Josephine Johnston, The Hastings Center
Informative and thoughtful, Altered Inheritance casts the ethically perplexing questions raised by genome editing in a clear new light. Françoise Baylis asks us to slow down and rediscover our collective moral agency instead of feeling overtaken by the momentum of science and technology.--Peter Mills, Nuffield Council on Bioethics
Incisive and insightful, Altered Inheritance wrenches open the laboratory doors behind which science and technology struggle to set a new course for society, for humanity, and for those who are most vulnerable for extinction.--Donna R. Walton, Founder and President, The Divas With Disabilities Project
Françoise Baylis is a fearless philosopher whose courage is matched by her talent. In this wise, lucid book, she asks exactly the right questions. What kind of world do we want to live in and how likely is gene editing to take us there?--Carl Elliott, author of White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine
A vivid call to action...Timely and important...Commitments to justice, responsibility, accountability, and consensus-building are features of a socially just science and bioethics. Toward this end, Altered Inheritance is a foundational tool in the path ahead.-- (09/30/2019)
Baylis argues that everyone must have a role in determining our future as a species. Scientists who develop and use genome-editing tools shouldn't be the only ones deciding on future uses of the technology.-- (10/08/2019)
Insightful and forward-leaning. Françoise Baylis offers a wonderful framework to help us think about and act on bridging the divides between theory, science, politics, and practice. Her book Altered Inheritance will guide us toward more meaningful, sustainable solutions.--Margaret Hamburg, Chair of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and 21st Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration
Lays out the critical stakes with regard to editing the human genome with clarity, challenging several conventional approaches to the issue.--Gina Maranto"Biopolitical Times" (11/15/2019)