Download e-book for iPad: After the Genome: A Language for Our Biotechnological Future by Michael J. Hyde, James A. Herrick

By Michael J. Hyde, James A. Herrick

ISBN-10: 1602586853

ISBN-13: 9781602586857

Biotechnological developments over the last half-century have pressured humanity to come back to grips with the potential of a post-human destiny. The ever-evolving evaluations approximately how society may still count on this biotechnological frontier call for a language that might describe our new destiny and talk about its ethics. After the Genome brings jointly specialist voices from the nation-states of ethics, rhetoric, faith, and technological know-how to aid lead complicated conversations approximately end-of-life care, the connection among sin and drugs, and the security of human rights in a post-human world.

With chapters at the previous and way forward for the science-warfare narrative, the rhetoric of care and its impression on these agony, black rhetoric and biotechnology, making plans for the tip of existence, regenerative medication, and extra, After the Genome yields nice perception into the human situation and strikes us ahead towards a really humane method of who we're and who we're changing into.

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The ability to generate replacement tissues and organs in a laboratory setting without inducing many of the negative sequelae associated with conventional organ transplantation would be a giant leap forward in medical technology and health science standards. These techniques can be applied to just about every field of medicine, 28 g A fter the Genome providing therapeutic options for any number of mild to severe diseases. Despite these advances, there are still significant scientific hurdles that must be overcome before further translation from bench to bedside can proceed.

The Reagan/G. H. W. Bush years contributed several other components to the modern opposition to science. One is the politicization of disease. it was during these years that the HiV epidemic broke out, an occurrence, one might think, that would lead to a reaffirmation of the value of a scientifically based fight against disease. But from the start, conservatives perceived AiDS as an illness contracted by, and confined to, gays and drug abusers. 46 g A fter the Genome This view of AiDS as a just punishment for immoral behavior was only slowly reversed, partly as a result of the impassioned efforts of AiDS activists, but it contributed to delays in responding to the disease.

I shared the joy at the achievements of our own generation of brilliant Arrowsmiths. The prestige of science grew with the Russian announcement of the launch of Sputnik in 1957. More than ever, we needed our scientists to protect us from Soviet technological advances, especially the weapons of mass destruction that enemy missiles could deliver. i. Joe on the front lines of the cold war. Government support for science was implemented through the wartime establishment of the national Defense Research Committee and Office of Science Research and Development, forerunners of the national Science Foundation, and through initiatives like the national Defense Education Act of 1958 (which helped fund my wife’s graduate education in French).

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