Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
In Playing God? sociologist John Evans offers
a nuanced, well-documented account of the increasing impoverishment of public
debate about human genetic engineering from the late 1950s to the mid-1990s.
Evans' premise is that professional competition prompted a shift away from
a "thick," textured, and substantively rational debate about the ends of human
genetic engineering to a "thin," shallow, and formally rational debate over
the means to achieve only a few predetermined ends.
Keränen L, Parker LS. Genetics, Ethics. JAMA. 2003;289(10):1313-1314. doi:10.1001/jama.289.10.1313