By Yael Hashiloni-Dolev
This booklet provides the findings of a examine into the social shaping of reproductive genetics in Germany and Israel. The examine unearths dramatic modifications among German and Israeli societies in addressing the query of a existence (un)worthy of residing. a detailed research of the ways in which those societies deal with the stability among the standard and sanctity of lifestyles illuminates controversies over reproductive genetics in an unique and provocative manner.
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For that reason, the following chapter is dedicated to a comparative overview of the Israeli and German fields of prenatal genetics. In it, I will discuss different actors involved in the field of prenatal genetics in Israel and Germany, among them: the field’s experts, the field’s supporters and opponents, the field’s earners, such as private and public clinics that offer prenatal genetic tests and above all, the institutional landscapes in Germany and Israel, with their unique health care systems, history and support of medical genetics.
Likewise, I will explain the selectivity characteristic of Israeli society by means other than those of Weiss. While Weiss’s thesis centers on collective body ideals that lead to the quest for private and collective body perfection, and anti-disability sentiments also serve as a major explanatory factor in Remennick’s thesis (2006) about why Israeli women opt for genetic testing during pregnancy, the explanation put forward in this book is more narrowly concerned with questions such as: what is the meaning of pregnancy in the Israeli-Jewish society?
These lines of research went hand-in-hand with efforts to apply the knowledge they produced, and so, according to Cohen (1992), doctors and scientists in Israel began providing genetic counseling as well as treating and investigating hereditary diseases long before medical genetics was recognized as a medical field. Consequently, as early as 1964, the first department of human genetics and a genetic counseling clinic was opened in Jerusalem, through the initiative of Prof. E. Goldschmidt and colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
A Life (Un)Worthy of Living: Reproductive Genetics in Israel and Germany (International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine) by Yael Hashiloni-Dolev