Jews and genes: The genetic future in contemporary jewish thought

Elliot N. Dorff, Laurie Zoloth

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Well aware of Jews having once been the victims of Nazi eugenics policies, many Jews today have an ambivalent attitude toward new genetics and are understandably wary of genetic forms of identity and intervention. At the same time, the Jewish tradition is strongly committed to medical research designed to prevent or cure diseases. Jews and Genes explores this tension against the backdrop of various important developments in genetics and bioethics—new advances in stem cell research; genetic mapping, identity, testing, and intervention; and the role of religion and ethics in shaping public policy. Jews and Genes brings together leaders in their fields, from all walks of Judaism, to explore these most timely and intriguing topics—the intricacies of the genetic code and the wonders of life, along with cutting-edge science and the ethical issues it raises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
Number of pages458
ISBN (Electronic)9780827611948
ISBN (Print)9780827612242
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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