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What Do We Know When We Know the Human Genome?

  • Honnef_Menschliches_GenomAuthors:
    Ludger Honnefelder, Peter Propping (eds.)


  • Titel:
    What Do We Know When We Know the Human Genome?


  • DuMont Buchverlag
    Cologne 2001.
    24,0 x 16,5 cm, 328 pages, 1. Aufl. 2001.
    Paperback, € 24,80/sFr. 46,-
    ISBN 3-7701-5874-1


  • Abstract:
    The decoding of the human genome in February 2001 has been celebrated as an essential breakthrough towards a deeper understanding of the foundations of life. However, it also became apparent that the broader context in which the human genome is embedded still remains to be discovered. Thus the enterprise of comprehending and classifying this new knowledge has only just begun.

    Has the decoding of the human genome brought about a new era of the life sciences? What implications does this new knowledge have for our understanding of ourselves? Can we transcend the boundaries which until now have left us no choice but to accept our genetically inherited nature?

    These questions denote a challenge regarding knowledge and comprehension, as well as the self-interpretation and the self-limitation of man. The forthcoming years will be devoted to a search for the answers. Accepting this challenge will require not only a new dialogue within the sciences and humanities, but also an open debate within society as a whole.  


  • Editorial Staff:
    Barbara Advena-Regnery, Martin Booms, Michael Fuchs unter Mitarbeit von Magdalena Balcerak und Simone Hornbergs-Schwetzel.


  • Contributions by:
    Rudi Balling, Claus Bartram, Kurt Bayertz, Gernot Böhme, Olaf Breidbach, Wolfgang van den Daele, Wolfgang Engel, Ernst Peter Fischer, Matthias Herdegen, Ludger Honnefelder, Josef Isensee, Peter Janich, Regine Kollek, Alfons Labisch, Dirk Lanzerath, Thomas Lengauer, Hermann Lübbert, Alfred Maelicke, Dietmar Mieth, Benno Müller-Hill, Peter Propping, Achim Regenauer, Jens Reich, Ortwin Renn, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Rainer Riemann, Marcella Rietschel, Ludwig Siep, Hans-Georg Soeffner, Günther Stock, Joseph Straus, Jochen Taupitz, Otmar D. Wiestler, Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, Stefan F. Winter, Nikolaus Zacherl.
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