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Genetic Engineering Dream or Nightmare?: Turning the Tide on the Brave New World of Bad Science and Big Business

August 27th, 2011

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Genetic engineering is one of the most controversial and passionately debated issues today. This book is an in-depth, yet accessible, exposition of the science behind genetic engineering technology, written by a scientist who has herself carried out research in genetics and taught the subject for many years. It examines the social and political implications of the intimate involvement of genetic engineering science with big corporate business, and it points to serious hazards that are inherent in the technology but are largely ignored by practitioners and regulators alike. The author calls for a halt to commercialisation and for an independent public enquiry into the hazards involved, taking into account the most comprehensive scientific findings as well as the socio-economic and ethical implications.


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Engineering Books Genetic engineering is one of the most controversial and passionately debated issues today. This book is an in-depth, yet accessible, exposition of the science behind genetic engineering technology, written by a scientist who has herself carried out research in genetics and taught the subject for many years. It examines the social and political implications of the intimate involvement of genetic engineering science with big corporate business, and it points to serious hazards that are inherent in the technology but are largely ignored by practitioners and regulators alike. The author calls for a halt to commercialisation and for an independent public enquiry into the hazards involved, taking into account the most comprehensive scientific findings as well as the socio-economic and ethical implications.
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  1. John C. Landon
    September 7th, 2011 at 16:34 | #1

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    Accounts of the new world of the genome are confusing, has noone noticed? The reason is that we no longer live in the Age of Darwinism, although the authors don’t let on. Not here. After a head-on assault at genetic engineering, the author presents a clear, if brief, and perhaps transitional and incomplete, debunking of Neo-Darwinism, on the basis of the same material present though disguised in typical texts. The fallacies of genetic determinism, the misleading reductionism of the ‘selfish gene’ mythology, the fluid genome, Lamarckian evironmentally induced change in DNA, and much else, simply leaves the standard view in the dust. All this in between an aggressive, and quite controversial, attack on the alliance of biology and big business, accompanied by scorchers about the sources of Darwinism in nineteenth century ideology. A sock in the jaw. No doubt a number of statements here are open to challenge. But the basic thrust of the book puts the rest of the profession to shame. Noone can fool anyone anymore, and a more comprehensive and critical version of this type of book would help. But the current profession is not in the business of making biology clear to the public, in the reign of bad science and big business.

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