Alternatives for Evaluating the Effects of Genetic Engineering on Human Development
On the subject of genetic engineering, as with most technological developments, speculation often outruns reality. What I mean to say is that genetic engineering has its share of fortune tellers, and their prognostications are not limited to justifying the current state of the technology; they go on to demonstrate how extensions to unheard - of dimensions will demand a new and better social order. The term “revolution” - as everyone knows who is familiar with the history of science, of technology, and of culture generally - has been applied since the nineteenth century not only to political upheavals but also to technical innovations. Furthermore, anyone thus enlightened also knows that such revolutionary promises, in the long run, often lead to quite modest results.
KeywordsGene Therapy Genetic Engineering Human Nature Genetic Engineer Environmental Impact Assessment
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