By Rosalyn W. Berne

This publication is a suite of essays by means of scientists, historians, philosophers of technological know-how, and scholars. The essays meld biotechnology into technology fiction tales and thereby open a talk in regards to the morality of what we might be at some point, and what it could suggest to be human as our biotechnological endeavors proceed to conform.

The biotechnology "revolution," introduced on an international scale many many years in the past, has taken a right away path towards re-creating lifestyles. but there are nonetheless many selections to be made in shaping the long run that it may possibly sooner or later make attainable. The e-book motivates readers towards deep mirrored image and continuous discourse, that are crucial if biotechnology is to conform in moral, significant, and sustainable ways.

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In food crops genetic engineering has been used to transfer or create a number of desirable traits. These include increased yields, reduced need for inputs like pesticides and herbicides, and the production of plants with improved nutritional value for both human consumption and use in animal feed. Currently there are genetically modified crops being developed to produce other useful products such as pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, blood-clotting factors, and chemicals for use in industrial processes (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2004).

The short story “Soon They Will Know Our Secrets” follows. Dr. David Carmel is a cognitive neuroscientist. He holds degrees in medical science, psychology, and interdisciplinary humanities and a PhD in psychology from University College London. He is currently a lecturer in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interests are consciousness, how the brain creates it, and how it interacts with faculties such as attention and memory. His lab employs various techniques to address these questions, including magnetic brain stimulation and neuroimaging.

Chemistry in 1770–1953 The links between the development of modern chemistry and modern biotechnology may not be immediately apparent. However, new discoveries and techniques in chemistry have been vitally important to the development of modern biotechnology, and the two areas continue to be connected. Of greatest importance was the discovery of the molecular structure (and from this the chemical properties) of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA in 1953.

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