The Human Genome Project

Thomas F. Lee, Author Basic Books $24.5 (323p) ISBN 978-0-306-43965-0
Lee, professor of biology at St. Anselm University in N.H., here plays moderator in the clash between scientific values and the new genetics that is building around the human genome project. About three-quarters of this scientific brief on HGP is a review of the history of molecular biology; the book is akin to a rapid zoom through an electron microscope lens focused on our genes. At the end of this biology-text treatment lies the science oracle's dilemma: Given that biologists can now translate the genetic code into understandable terms and sometimes manipulate it, should they? Lee offers the general reader an outline of the science-policy stakes of HGP, noting that HGP is a protean issue, assuming the controversial character of health insurance policy, science ethics, etc. Those interested in following the development of HGP would do well to start with this earnest introduction. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
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