Bio-Techno-Fear (or Re: Genetic engineering?)
jbullard at NUN.OIT.UNC.EDU
Mon Dec 2 08:38:21 EST 1996
On Sun, 1 Dec 1996, Jarrod Stenberg wrote:
> I have recently developed an interest in the emergent biotechnologies,
> specifically genetic engineering. This is difficult to avoid considering
> the amount of information that flows in the newspapers and even on the
> increasingly schlocky TV news. Bio-technologies also have begun to
> blanket all aspects of human life, ranging from medicine and
> pharmaceuticals (AIDS protease techs in the news), food processing,
> agriculture (vigile ante virus that kill pests and herbicidal resistant
> produce) and so forth. The debate has reached all the way to the Pope
> regarding in vitro fertilization particlularly when applied to gene
> screening (=selection), prompting scientists to consider that filthy word
> morality, which is apparently made innocuous by dilligent ethics.
> This is very abbreviated and I will put forth a larger effort by the end
> of the week as regards my interest. I hope to promote a thread specific
> to this interest in the mean time.
> In researching the subject, I have found that much of the literature has
> difficulty concealing a bias towards biotechnology with a flavour of big
> business. The trend is to accuse public ignorance for a strain of
> techno-fear which in this case would be bio-techno-fear.
> I appreciate those who will sincerely promote this thread. I welcome any
> view as I expect from this group.
> Jarrod P. Stenberg
> sten0013 at gold.tc.umn.edu
> St. Paul, Minnesota -- U.S.A
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