Creating Life From Life: Biotechnology And Science Fiction by Rosalyn W. BerneCreating Life From Life: Biotechnology And Science Fiction by Rosalyn W. Berne

Creating Life From Life: Biotechnology And Science Fiction

EditorRosalyn W. Berne

Hardcover | December 19, 2014

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This book is a collection of essays by scientists, historians, philosophers of science, and students. The essays meld biotechnology into science fiction stories and thereby open a conversation about the morality of what we may be one day, and what it may mean to be human as our biotechnological endeavors continue to evolve.

The biotechnology "revolution," launched on a global scale many decades ago, has taken a direct course toward re-creating life. Yet there are still many choices to be made in shaping the future that it may one day make possible. The book motivates readers toward deep reflection and continual discourse, which are essential if biotechnology is to evolve in ethical, meaningful, and sustainable ways.

Rosalyn W. Berneis an associate professor at the Department of Engineering and Society in the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She uses a dialectical methodology engaging multiple disciplines to understand the social-ethical implications of emerging scientific knowledge and technology.Creating Life fro...
Title:Creating Life From Life: Biotechnology And Science FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:298 pages, 9.1 × 6.2 × 0.9 inPublished:December 19, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9814463582

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Table of Contents

To Recreate Life out of Life:Biotechnology & Science Fiction

Part I. Introduction and History

Science-Story Dialectic as a Discourse of ChangeRosalyn W. Berne
Science-science fiction dialectic as a discourse of change
Overview of book contributions
History of the Biotechnology RevolutionCatherine Rhodes
Genetic Engineering
Genome Sequencing
Biotechnology Applications
The Industry

Part II. Understanding Problems & Approaching Cures
The "Vicious Cycle" of Obesity
Eduardo A. Nillni
Definition of obesity and our evolutionary traits
Our genetic make up over the course of evolution
Inflammation and ER stress changing the biochemistry of the brain.
Protein processing problems
MadelineRosalyn W. Berne
Prion DiseasesJoel A. Pedersen
Natural transmission of prion diseases
Transmission of prion diseases assisted by technology
Interspecies transmission to humans: The case of BSE
Transmission of CWD to humans: A cause for concern?
Transmission of other protein misfolding diseases
Carnivore's GameRosalyn W. Berne
Climate Change and the Future of FreshwaterDavid L. Feldman
What is adaptation?
Megacities and freshwater
River basins and adaptation
Translating climate science
NegotiationsRosalyn W. Berne
Adult Stem Cells to Cure Diabetes-induced Vision LossShayn Peirce-Cottler, Ph.D.
The Role of Regenerative Medicine
Shadows, and Sugars, and Shades of Grey (Madeline, Part. 2)Rosalyn W. Berne

Part III. New Knowledge & New Capabilities

NeogenesisReginald H. Garrett
Madness Enough to Break the WorldSean Hays
Who Do They Think They Are?Reginald H. Garrett
EmmanuelRosalyn W. Berne
Keys to Bioproducts from AgricultureElizabeth Hood, PhD
Potential solutions: Technologies
Product example using the technologies
Soon They'll Know our SecretsRosalyn W. Berne
Dr. HydeDavid Carmel
The Promise and Pitfalls of Cognitive EnhancementDavid Carmel
Build Me a MemoryNathaniel Cady

Part IV. On We Go. To Where, Who Knows?

The Uncertain Consequences of the Biotechnology RevolutionCatherine Rhodes
Specific Consequences of Biotechnology Applications
The Uneven Spread of Consequences
General Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution
Factors affecting the speed and direction of technological change and its socio-economic consequences
R'ninLena Nguyen
Closing Reflection on the Word "Revolution"Rosalyn W. Berne