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In 1973, geneticists Herbert Boyer and Stanley N. Cohen ushered in the era of modern biotechnology. They developed the first successful recombinant DNA technique by introducing genetically engineered DNA molecules into bacteria. Since that momentous event, scientists have produced hundreds of genetically modified organisms commonly used in agricultural and commercial applications. In addition, biotechnology is dramatically changing the outlook of medical therapeutic strategies. However, with these developments come growing concerns about the ethics and safety of biotechnology applications. One particularly contentious issue is the view that biotechnology is unnatural and distorts people's view of nature. This book provides a critical assessment of how the discipline fits into contemporary ethical and moral systems. The authors are not taking a Luddite approach. Rather, they are examining how biotechnology may impact nature and human thinking. Much of the book evaluates past and contemporary views of ethics, morality, and nature. The authors discuss how biotechnology is currently used and abused based on people's various beliefs and justifications. Overall, each chapter builds arguments about the long-term ethical and moral benefits and risks of biotechnology. Ample references accompany each chapter. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. B. R. Shmaefsky Lone Star College - Kingwood
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