Download e-book for iPad: After the Genome: A Language for Our Biotechnological Future by Michael J. Hyde, James A. Herrick

By Michael J. Hyde, James A. Herrick

ISBN-10: 1602586853

ISBN-13: 9781602586857

Biotechnological developments over the last half-century have pressured humanity to come back to grips with the opportunity of a post-human destiny. The ever-evolving reviews approximately how society should still expect this biotechnological frontier call for a language that may describe our new destiny and speak about its ethics. After the Genome brings jointly professional voices from the geographical regions of ethics, rhetoric, faith, and technological know-how to aid lead complicated conversations approximately end-of-life care, the connection among sin and drugs, and the security of human rights in a post-human world.

With chapters at the prior and way forward for the science-warfare narrative, the rhetoric of care and its impression on these anguish, black rhetoric and biotechnology, making plans for the tip of existence, regenerative medication, and extra, After the Genome yields nice perception into the human situation and strikes us ahead towards a really humane method of who we're and who we're turning into.

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Although ridiculed as merely a “theory,” evolution, of course, lies at the foundation of all modern biomedical science, from the study of infectious diseases and cancer to molecular genetics. To challenge evolution, therefore, is to question science itself. Although Reagan, and his Republican successor George H. W. Bush, trod carefully in this area, those opposed to evolution recognized that they now had friends in the highest reaches of American government. From this beginning, and through its subsequent avatars as “creation science” and “intelligent design,” antievolution and antiscience would become major themes of the political and religious right.

In the world of ideas, this relativist idea was powerfully reinforced by Thomas Kuhn’s influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,6 which argued that the history of science was less an unfolding of truths about nature, than a series of abrupt “paradigm shifts” that occurred when one dominant scientific faction was replaced by another. nevertheless, while attacks on science from the left may have taken their toll on educated people’s confidence in and respect for the scientific enterprise, attacks from the political and cultural right have most contributed to our current malaise.

The advances that have been made in regenerating a majority of the cell and tissue types in the human body serve to encourage further research and expansion of this promising potential therapeutic option. Most of the progress has been accomplished in animal models, but several human clinical studies are under way. in order to easily understand the task that regenerative medicine has set out to fulfill, we next describe the individual tissues and organs being replicated according to their level of organizational and functional complexity.

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