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Books, Journals, New Media
March 12, 2003

Genetics, Ethics

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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.

JAMA. 2003;289(10):1313-1314. doi:10.1001/jama.289.10.1313

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.

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