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- DescriptionWhat are the ethical and political implications when the very foundations of life -things of awe and spiritual significance - are translated into products accessible to few people? This book critically analyses this historic recontextualisation. Through mediation - when meaning moves 'from one text to ather, from one discourse to ather' - biotechlogy is transformed into analysable data and into public discourses. The unique book links biotechlogy with media and citizenship. As with any 'commodity', biological products have been commodified. Because ermous speculative investment rests on this, risk will be understated and benefit will be overstated. Benefits will be unfairly distributed. Already, the bioprospecting of Southern megadiverse nations, legally sanctioned by U.S. property rights conventions, has led to wealth and health benefits in the North. Crucial to this development are biotechlogical discourses that shift meanings from a language of life into techcratic discourses, infused with neo-liberal ecomic assumptions that promise progress and benefits for all. Crucial in this is the mass media's representation of biotechlogy for an audience with poor scientific literacy. Yet, even apparently benign biotechlogy spawned by the Human Geme Project such as prenatal screening has eugenic possibilities, and genetic codes for illness are eagerly sought by insurance companies seeking to exclude certain people. These issues raise important questions about a citizenship that is founded on moral responsibility for the wellbeing of society w and into the future. After all, biotechlogy is very much concerned with the essence of life itself. This book provides a space for alternative and dissident voices beyond the hype that surrounds biotechlogy.
- PublisherSense Publishers
- Date of Publication27/08/2008
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSense Publishers
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight481 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Edited byNaomi Sunderland,Peter Isaacs,Phil Graham
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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