Genes, Cells, and Brains

The Promethean Promises of the New Biology

By Hilary Rose; Steven Rose
(Verso, Paperback, 9781781683149, 341pp.)

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

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Our fates lie in our genes and not in the stars, said James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. But Watson could not have predicted the scale of the industry now dedicated to this new frontier. Since the launch of the multibillion-dollar Human Genome Project, the biosciences have promised miraculous cures and radical new ways of understanding who we are. But where is the new world we were promised?
Now updated with a new afterword, "Genes, Cells and Brains "asks why the promised cornucopia of health benefits has failed to emerge and reveals the questionable enterprise that has grown out of bioethics. The authors, feminist sociologist Hilary Rose and neuroscientist Steven Rose, examine the establishment of biobanks, the rivalries between public and private gene sequencers, and the rise of stem cell research. The human body is becoming a commodity, and the unfulfilled promises of the science behind this revolution suggest profound failings in genomics itself.



About the Author
Hilary Rose is Emerita Professor at Bradford University and Visiting Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.

Professor Steven Rose has been Professor of Biology and Director of the Brain and Behaviour Research Group at the Open University since the inception of the university in 1969. His research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory.
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