Remaking Eden: Cloning and Beyond in a Brave New World

Lee M. Silver, Author Avon Books $25 (317p) ISBN 978-0-380-97494-8
The age of ""reprogenetics""--an amalgam of recently devised techniques in reproductive biology and genetics--is upon us, whether we are ready for it or not. Silver, a molecular biology professor at Princeton, contends that in vitro fertilization, pre-natal genetic screening, the cloning of humans and the creation of ""designer"" children have few if any moral or scientific distinctions remaining among them. In attempting a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art of reproduction, Silver first considers the origins of human life in terms of how ""replicators"" of any kind--crystals, amino acids and now computer programs--make order out of chaos, and then moves on to the science surrounding acts of fertilization and embryo formation. He engages in the debate about when human life begins, touching on everything from Darwin and Aquinas to the number of weeks until fetal viability. Similarly, Silver refocuses the controversy about human cloning by arguing that it is nothing more than what occurs naturally when an identical twin is produced. While his discussion of the ethical implications of cloning lacks depth, he does present his material in a clear manner. Reader-friendly but measured, this is a scientifically astute guide to thorny territory. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 12/30/1996
Release date: 01/01/1997
Show other formats
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-0-380-79243-6
Paperback - 385 pages - 978-0-06-123519-1
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.