Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering (Clark Lectures)

Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering (Clark Lectures)

Craig Holdrege


In 2001 the Human Genome undertaking introduced that it had effectively mapped the full genetic content material of human DNA. Scientists, politicians, theologians, and pundits speculated approximately what might keep on with, conjuring every thing from nightmare eventualities of state-controlled eugenics to the desire of engineering disease-resistant newborns. As with debates surrounding stem-cell study, the probably unending probabilities of genetic engineering will proceed to persuade public opinion and coverage into the foreseeable future.

Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering distinguishes among the hype and fact of this expertise and explains the nuanced and gentle dating among technology and nature. Authors Craig Holdrege and Steve Talbott evaluation the present country of genetic technology and view its power functions, rather in agriculture and drugs, in addition to the prospective risks. The authors exhibit how the preferred view of genetics doesn't comprise an figuring out of the ways that genes really interact in organisms.

Simplistic and reductionist perspectives of genes bring about unrealistic expectancies and, finally, unhappiness within the effects that genetic engineering truly provides. The authors discover new advancements in genetics, from the invention of "non-Darwinian" adaptative mutations in micro organism to facts that implies that organisms are way over mere collections of genetically pushed mechanisms. whereas analyzing those matters, the authors additionally resolution important questions that get to the essence of genetic interplay with human biology: Does DNA "manage" an organism any longer than the organism manages its DNA? may still genetically engineered items be classified as such? Do the tools of the genetic engineer resemble the centuries-old practices of animal husbandry?

Written for lay readers, Beyond Biotechnology is an obtainable creation to the advanced problems with genetic engineering and its power functions. within the unexplored area among nature and laboratory, a brand new technology is ready to emerge. Technology-based social and environmental recommendations will stay tenuous and prone to reversal so long as our tradition is alienated from the crops and animals on which all existence relies.

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