The Influence of Genetics on Contemporary Thinking
searching to elucidate problemsoldandnew. Theinterplayofthesetwoaspectsofscienceandresearchgivesusinsightinto the capital importance of genetics today. Genetics as both theory and praxis is omnipresent in contemporary thinking; there are few, if any, disciplines where genetics does not exert its influence in one way or another. It is this increasing pertinence of genetics to the sciences that explains the inclusion of this volume intheseriesLogic,EpistemologyandtheUnityofScience:acommonfactorin sciencebecomesipsofactoafactorofunity. vii viii Preface Geneticsmaynotbeofdirectrelevancetoallfieldsofscience,andyetfora numberofreasonstheconceptofgeneticsisatthecentreofmuchoftoday’ssci- tificdiscussionandsocialdebate. Geneticshasbecomethetouchstoneforresolving manyofthecontroversiesinbasicresearchdealingwiththenature,history,and evolutionoflife,aswellastheoriginofmanandethnicgroups,providinguswith thetoolsthathaveledtosomeofthemostastonishingadvancesindetermining thestructureandfunctionoflivingentitiesandbeingabletomodifyorganisms. Geneticallyengineeredproducts,substantialalterationsinplants,animalsandmic- organisms,andthemanufactureofvitalpharmaceuticalproductsallstemfromthe samesource.
Provides information about recent research results in genetics and related disciplines Shows the way in which those results influence genetics itself and many other fields Explains the impact of genetics on contemporary culture Describes contemporary public policy debates related to genetics Contains the most recent views of the Nobel Laureate François Jacob on genetics and the nature of living things