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Cambridge University Press
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October 2017
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Advances in human genetics and genomics are beginning to move outside the traditional realm of medicine and into the classroom. How will educational officials react when asked to incorporate personalized genomic information into the educational program? This volume bridges the divide between science, education and ethics around the emergent integration of genomics and education. By pairing comprehensive analysis of the issues with primers on the underlying science, the authors put all relevant parties on a level field to facilitate thorough consideration and educated discussion regarding how to move forward in this new era, as well as how best to support the future of education and the future of all students. The volume is unique in bringing together not only scholarly experts but also parents and laypersons. In doing so, it gives voice and understanding to a broad spectrum of disciplines that have a stake in the future of education.


‘The price of genome sequencing has dropped from an initial $2.7 billion to $1,000 today. Stand-alone cancer centers now advertise treatments tailored to one's own genome, without providing evidence of their enhanced effectiveness. Educational applications are not far behind, despite profound ethical issues having been largely neglected. Genetics, Ethics, and Education represents a timely, insightful, and comprehensive analysis of critical questions and issues surrounding genetically-informed educational practice.'

Rick Wagner - Florida State University

‘This book provides clear summaries of major developments in genetics and neuroscience research and their implications for education and child development. It is especially useful for practitioners who want a clear, jargon-free, and appropriately conservative set of guidelines for understanding how to translate this research into areas involving enhanced development of the child.'

Jack Fletcher - University of Houston

‘Genetics, Ethics and Education is perfectly timed to ride the wave of the DNA revolution as it hits education. Now is the time for educators to learn about genetics and genomics – and this is the book to read all about it!'

Robert Plomin - King's College London

‘What did genetics ever do for educators and their students? Historically, widespread misconceptions and misunderstandings have probably often resulted in more harm than good. However, rapid advances in the field now offer much promise (and some potential pitfalls) for future educational practice. This encyclopedic text is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the promise of genetics for education, the possible policy implications, and the ethical and moral dilemmas that may result.'

Julian Elliott - Durham University

'This is a helpful and interesting book that explores important issues at the interface between genetics and society. It should be useful to anyone interested in genetics and genomics, and not only to their relation to education.'

Kostas Kampourakis Source: The Quarterly Review of Biology

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