Biotechnology And Society: An Introduction

Paperback | October 13, 2016

byHallam Stevens

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With Biotechnology and Society, Hallam Stevens offers an up-to-date primer to help us understand the interactions of biotechnology and society and the debates, controversies, fears, and hopes that have shaped how we think about bodies, organisms, and life in the twenty-first century. Stevens addresses such topics as genetically modified foods, cloning, and stem cells; genetic testing and the potential for discrimination; fears of (and, in some cases, hopes for) designer babies; personal genomics; biosecurity; and biotech art. Taken as a whole, the book presents a clear, authoritative picture of the relationship between biotechnology and society today, and how our conceptions (and misconceptions) of it could shape future developments. It is an essential volume for students and scholars working with biotechnology, while still being accessible to the general reader interested in the truth behind breathless media accounts about biotech’s promise and perils.

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With Biotechnology and Society, Hallam Stevens offers an up-to-date primer to help us understand the interactions of biotechnology and society and the debates, controversies, fears, and hopes that have shaped how we think about bodies, organisms, and life in the twenty-first century. Stevens addresses such topics as genetically modifie...

Hallam Stevens is associate professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the author of Life Out of Sequence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 13, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022604601X

ISBN - 13:9780226046013

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: The Limits of Biotechnology
Chapter 1: What Is Biotechnology?
Chapter 2: The Long History of Biotechnology

Part II: Genetic Engineering
Chapter 3: Inventing Genetic Engineering
Chapter 4: Recombinant DNA Debates

Part III: Owning Life
Chapter 5: Biotechnology and Business
Chapter 6: Patenting Life

Part IV: Genetically Modified Foods
Chapter 7: Risk, Regulation, and Our Food
Chapter 8: The Economics of Eating

Part V: The Boundaries of Bodily Life
Chapter 9: Owning Part of You
Chapter 10: Freezing, Banking, Crossing

Part VI: Mapping Genes, Making Society
Chapter 11: Eugenics
Chapter 12: The Human Genome Project

Part VII: Genetic Testing, Discrimination, and Bioethics
Chapter 13: Genetic Testing, Disability, and Discrimination
Chapter 14: Bioethics and Medicine

Part VIII: Virgin Births
Chapter 15: From the Pill to IVF
Chapter 16: Cloning

Part IX: Re-routing Life
Chapter 17: Stem Cells
Chapter 18: Designer Babies

Part X: Minding Your Own Biological Business
Chapter 19: Drugs and Designer Bodies
Chapter 20: Personal Genomics

Part XI: Biotechnology and Diversity
Chapter 21: Biotechnology and Race
Chapter 22: Bioprospecting and Biocolonialism

Part XII: Biological Futures
Chapter 23: Synthetic Biology and Bioterrorism
Chapter 24: Biotechnology and Art

Conclusion: Eternal Life and the Posthuman Future

Acknowledgments
Index

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“Written in a clear and accessible style, Biotechnology and Society will be an important text for classes devoted to biotech, science, and technology studies, as a primer for scholars just moving into the subject area and for the intellectual community interested in the variety of different perspectives that Stevens collects together.”