Table of Contents

A vision for practical human germline engineering / John Campbell and Gregory Stock.
The human genome project-- launch pad for human genetic engineering / Leroy Hood.
Ethics and safety / Daniel Koshland, Jr..
Human germline gene therapy : how and why / Mario R. Capecchi.
A new front in the battle against disease / W. French Anderson.
Aging as a target for genetic engineering / Michael R. Rose.
Reprogenetics : how reproductive and genetic technologies will be combined to provide new opportunities for people to reach their reproductive goals / Lee M. Silver.
A panel discussion / John Campbell ... [et al.].
Beyond the issue of safety / Glenn McGee ... [et al.].
Long-term possibilities and dangers / Alex Mauron ... [et al.].
Regulation and jurisdiction / Darryl Macer and Lloyd Cohen.
Appendix : Select questions from the public to participants in the "Engineering the human germline" symposium. This book explores the many prospects, challenges and ethical questions of engineering our reproductive cells. It is an accessible, three-part examination, moving from focused, realistic assessments of the possibilities and problems for this advancing technology to a section of short essays on the implications of our technological ability by practicing ethicists, lawyers, theologians, public policy workers, and scientists. Also included in this exploration is a panel discussion in which leading scientists, ethicists, and public policy workers give voice to their thoughts and concerns regarding our impending genetic technologies. Many of the world leaders in these fields: Leroy Hood, French Anderson, Mario Capecchi, Daniel Koshland, Michael Rose, Lee Silver, and James Watson, have contributed to this volume, providing the tools needed to debate the subject of germline engineering. If you have ever pondered the question: "Would I be willing to genetically alter my own child-to-be, given a safe, reliable technology, offering a tempting possibility?", this book will be an indispensable guide in that quest.