God, Science, and Designer Genes
An Exploration of Emerging Genetic Technologies
by Spencer S. Stober and Donna Yarri
October 2009, 243pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35253-9
$95, £74, 83€, A131
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The brave new world of genetic technology has arrived. Extraordinary breakthroughs are giving us the means to screen in advance for diseases, determine the sex of an unborn child, establish guilt or innocence in criminal cases, even artificially create life. How do we balance what we can do and what we should do with this power? How do we resist the urge to use this technology to “play God?”

A biologist and a Christian theologian examine the scientific and philosophical implications and potential impacts of genetic technologies.

God, Science, and Designer Genes: An Exploration of Emerging Technologies provides a unique approach to the central ethical dilemma in contemporary science, offering both an up-to-date account of the current state of genetic technologies and insightful discussions of the moral/theological questions these technologies raise.

Coauthored by professors of biology and theology, God, Science, and Designer Genes examines a range of from-the-headlines issues, including the relationship between science and religion, “designing” our children, stem-cell research, cloning, genetics and behavior, genetics and privacy, and using genetic technologies for social justice. Who should benefit—personally and financially—from DNA technology? Who might be harmed? How do we protect individual rights and guard against discrimination? How will embryo modification affect the identity of those so modified? God, Science, and Designer Genes gives readers an eloquent, thoughtful, and objective foundation for considering these and other questions about the potential conflict between scientific achievement, personal faith, and social responsibility.


  • A series of chapters combining basic scientific discussions of DNA technologies with ethical discussions of the social issues they are raising
  • Five hypothetical case studies that provide realistic contexts for exploring specific issues related to genetic technologies
  • An extensive bibliography of current and significant books, journals and websites with regard to genetic technologies
  • A comprehensive index
Spencer S. Stober is associate professor of biology and director of the PhD program in leadership at Alvernia University, Reading, PA. Dr. Stober received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he publishes regularly in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability.

Donna Yarri is associate professor of theology and chair of the Department of Humanities at Alvernia University, Reading, PA. Dr. Yarri specializes in Christian ethics, regularly teaches courses on medical and global ethics, and has written The Ethics of Animal Experimentation.


"Offering an up-to-date account of the current state of genetic technologies and insightful discussions of the moral and theological questions raised by these technologies, the authors provide a thoughtful foundation for dealing with the potential conflict between science, faith, and social responsibility."—SciTech Book News, December 1, 2009

"Recommended. General readers."—Choice, March 1, 2010

"Stober and Yarri teach us the A,B,C's of genetics, religion, and ethics. With their alphabet we learn a language with which to carry on a healthy dialogue between science and theology; and we can speak out for a just distribution of the benefits of the emerging genetic technologies.' "—Ted Peters, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, Author of "Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom"
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