Jews and Genes

Jews and Genes

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Well aware of Jews having once been the victims of Nazi eugenics policies, many Jews today have an ambivalent attitude toward new genetics and are understandably wary of genetic forms of identity and intervention. At the same time, the Jewish tradition is strongly committed to medical research designed to prevent or cure diseases. Jews and Genes explores this tension against the backdrop of various important developments in genetics and bioethicsa€”new advances in stem cell research; genetic mapping, identity, testing, and intervention; and the role of religion and ethics in shaping public policy. Jews and Genes brings together leaders in their fields, from all walks of Judaism, to explore these most timely and intriguing topicsa€”the intricacies of the genetic code and the wonders of life, along with cutting-edge science and the ethical issues it raises.Before we knew about stem cells and could manipulate them, we neverhad toask whether or whenwe should do that, but now wemust. ... This introduction tothis section of the book about stemcell research begins with adefinition of stem cells and a brief reviewof the ... pluripotent stem cellsa€ from somatic or adult cells, something thatwas not possible at the time when many of our essays were written .

Title:Jews and Genes
Author: Elliot N. Dorff
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2015

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