, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 3–5 | Cite as

Genetic technologies and animals

  • Carol Gigliotti

Amidst the wealth of human intelligence and imagination invested in the development of communication and media technologies, thought about the natural environment and non-human beings seems to play a small role. Our pre-occupation with technology-based outlooks and technological solutions have tended to obscure the reality of what takes place daily in our natural surroundings or what is left of them. If we have appeared, up to now, sanguine about the erosion of our “real” home while we have been busy in our “virtual” one, the results of this disconnection from our physical legacies are beginning to unravel that complacency.

The increasingly invasive uses of animals in genetic technologies are, for many who have been involved intimately with the development of technology, a warning sign to back up and survey our handiwork. What kind of future would include a legless pig or a featherless chicken, we may ask? And to our dismay, we learn both already exist in varying forms.

In this issue...


Genetics Animals Philosophy Biology Cultural theory Art practice New media 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Associate ProfessorSchool of Design, Emily Carr Institute of Art and DesignVancouverCanada

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