Aging, Biotechnology, and the Future

Aging, Biotechnology, and the Future

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Read (adult health, Boston College Cornell School of Nursing) et al. compile 19 essays by American scholars of religion, ethics, philosophy, psychology, law, medicine, gerontology, and nursing who discuss how technological advances in medicine are affecting the aging process and the lives of the elderly. Essays are based on papers given at a forum in March 2005 in Boston. They examine issues such as cloning, stem cell research, the ethical, social and legal implications of antiaging technologies, and genetic testing for Alzheimer's disease. One section is devoted to what can be learned from the study of centenarians, and other chapters consider transhumanism, social justice, and the implications of biotechnology for primary care. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press

This wide-ranging, multidisciplinary collection examines how advances in medicine and technology are affecting the aging process and the lives of elderly persons.

In analyzing the state of biotechnology, these essays applaud the positive—extended longevity and the potential for greater quality of life—while probing such ethical quandaries as presymptomatic genetic testing, therapeutic cloning, antiaging technologies, and the transhumanist movement. The volume includes discussions about the respective roles of health care professionals, government, and individuals in shaping a workable regulatory framework and unifying multiple perspectives to make the biotechnology revolution beneficial to all.

Featuring contributions from renowned scholars of religion, ethics, philosophy, psychology, law, medicine and nursing, and gerontology, Aging, Biotechnology, and the Future illuminates the promises and perils of growing old in the biomedical age.

Contributors: George J. Annas, Jessica Brommelhoff, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Margaret Gatz, Pamela J. Grace, Robert C. Green, Fernando A. Guerra, Rose M. Harvey, Kathy J. Horvath, Ann C. Hurley, Robert Lanza, Karen Lebacqz, Erin Linnenbringer, Maxwell J. Mehlman, Toni P. Miles, Sarah Moses, Thomas T. Perls, Leonard W. Poon, Catherine Y. Read, J. Scott Roberts, Diane Scott-Jones, Thomas A. Shannon, Richard L. Sprott, Rosemarie Tong, Laurie Zoloth

Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780801887888
Branch Call Number: 612.67 A267
Characteristics: xxv, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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