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Recommended Reading

Many of the following books are not written by Catholic authors and contain views contrary to the teachings of the Church.  I recommend them because of their technical information or insight into the areas of bioethics and biotechnology.


Catholic Resources

William E May, Ph.D., professor of Moral Theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family 

  • Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life


James J. Walter,  Chair of The Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University, and Thomas A. Shannon, Professor of Religion and Social Ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA.
  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics: A Catholic Perspective

Brian J. Gail

  • Fatherless and Motherless (fiction)


Other Resources

Leon Kass, M.D., former chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics        

  • The Ethics of Human Cloning
  • Human Cloning and Human Dignity: The Report of the President's Council on Bioethics


Wesley J. Smith, lawyer, author, and anti-cloning advocate

  • Consumer's Guide to the Brave New World


David A. Prentice, Ph.D., senior fellow for Life Sciences for the Family Research Council

  • Stem Cells and Cloning


Elaine Dewar, investigative reporter

  • The Second Tree: Stem Cells, Clones, Chimeras, and Quests for Immortality


Michael D. West, Ph.D., president and chief scientific officer of Advanced Cell Technologies; therapeutic cloning advocate

  • The Immortal Cell: One Scientist's Quest to Solve the Mystery of Human Aging


Lee M. Silver, Ph.D., professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University; cloning advocate

  • Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family


Gregory E. Pence, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and bioethics at the University of Alabama; cloning advocate

  • Who's Afraid of Human Cloning?
  • Cloning After Dolly : Who's Still Afraid?


Lori B. Andrews, professor of Law and reproductive rights lawyer

  • The Clone Age: Adventures in the New World of Reproductive Technology
  • Body Bazaar : The Market for Human Tissue in the Biotechnology Age


Scott Carney, investigative reporter

  • The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers


Mara Hvistendahl, investigative reporter

  • Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men

Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Never Let Me Go (fiction)


Aldous Huxley

  • Brave New World (fiction)


H.G. Wells

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau (fiction)

Dean Koontz

  • Frankenstein Series (fiction)

Jodi Picoult

  • My Sister's Keeper (fiction)