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The Human Genome Project and ELSI: The Imperative of Technology and the Reduction of the Public Ethics Debate


Abstract In the past century, a number of technological projects have been undertaken as grand solutions to social problems. In the so called century of biology, this technological world view focuses on biomedical advances. The President of the United States, who once called for nuclear weapons and space exploration, now calls for new biotechnologies, such as genomics, individualized medicine, and nanotechnology, which will improve the world by improving our biological lives. Portrayed as the Manhattan Project of the late 20th Century, the Human Genome Project (HGP) not only undertook the science of sequencing the human genome but also the ethics of it. For this thesis I ask how the HGP did this; what was the range of possibilities of goods and evil... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Carvalho, Tito Brige (Author) / Robert, Jason S (Advisor) / Ellison, Karin D (Committee member) / Hurlbut, James B (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ethics / Sociology / History of science / Bioethics / Ethics / Genome / governance / science / technology
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 69 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note M.S. Biology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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