Whereas West envisions remarkable advances in life extension and the treatment of disease, Kass worries about the potential of genetic engineering
to usher in a brave new world in which reproductive cloning will rob humanity of its dignity.
It might be possible someday, using genetic engineering
, to give a child a brain smart enough to understand why Heidegger is wrong, but there is no getting around the fact that he will have to undergo the experience of learning about Heidegger first.
So there was, in the early 1970s, a public debate (though not a broad public debate) about genetic engineering
being carried on essentially between theologians and scientists on the ethics of what really had to be called eugenics--that is, the genetic "improvement" of human life.
Strauss heads a research cooperative at Oregon State that is experimenting with genetic engineering
as a way to improve forestry Among its goals: to develop trees that grow more quickly, that are disease-and insect-resistant, and that are tolerant of certain herbicides, like Roundup.
The research outlines the current status of genetic engineering
and its use in relation to humans, animals and the wider environment.
Given the high costs associated with growing these crops, genetic engineering
is simply not a viable answer to the food needs of developing nations.
The most straightforward use of genetic engineering
involves producing a plant or animal with "improved" characteristics.
New market report "China Genetic Engineering
Drug Industry Report, 2011-2012" worked out by ResearchInChina delves into a comprehensive discussion of thegenetic engineering drugindustry from a global perspective and focuses on an insightful review of the sector in China.
In the 30 years or so since its inception, genetic engineering
has created quite a legacy, ranging from glow-in-the-dark bunnies to bacteria that churn out life-saving drugs.
Once genetic engineering
is perfected in simians, he warned, human designer babies are next--and ultimately nothing less than "the abolition of humanity.
It's certainly not something that Trader Joe's is going to be happy about,'' said Heather Whitehead, a genetic engineering
campaigner for Greenpeace.
He examines atomic science, airplanes, rocketry, space flight, artificial intelligence, artificial life, and genetic engineering
as "technologies of transcendence.