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Quaker Approaches to Moral Issues in Genetics

Quaker Studies S. v. 4

By (author) Jackie Leach Scully
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Oct 2002
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 0773470646
ISBN-13: 9780773470644
Barcode No: 9780773470644
Synopsis
This study describes a project carried out working with Quaker meetings around Britain. Using questionnaires, discussions and case histories, participants explored their approaches to ethical and theological issues in genetic manipulation, including genetic testing, disclosure of genetic information, patenting and attitudes to variation and disability. Going beyond a straightforward account of opinions, the work uncovered the moral and spiritual values on which those opinions were based. Finally, the text considers the processes people use to make moral evaluations, especially in unfamiliar territory, and how this could be improved. It should be of interest to both Quakers and non-Quakers concerned about the impact of the new genetics and moral competence.

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