Creating Life from Life - Biotechnology and Science Fiction
by Rosalyn Berne (University of Virginia, USA)
Hardback 282 pages 2014-12-31 Print ISBN: 9789814463584 eBook ISBN: 9789814463591 DOI: 10.4032/9789814463591
List price : $99.95
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 one day be, 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.
About the Author
Rosalyn W. Berne is 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 from Life: Biotechnology and Science Fiction pairs scientific writing with companion sci-fi short stories in consideration of current biotechnology research. Prof. Berne’s previous books are Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers about Ethics, Meaning, and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology (2006), which analyzes and interprets the content of conversations between her and 15 research scientists whose work takes place at the nanoscale, and Waiting in the Silence (2012), in which she uses science fiction to reflect on the convergence of nanotechnology /biotechnology/ information and cognitive sciences. Currently her research and writing are focused on the subject of interspecies communication.
|1||Chapter 1: Introduction: Dialectic of Scientific Writing and Science Fiction|
Rosalyn W. Berne
|17||Chapter 2: History of the Biotechnology Revolution|
|39||Chapter 3: The “Vicious Cycle” of Obesity|
Eduardo A. Nillni
|57||Chapter 4: Prion Diseases|
Joel A. Pedersen
|79||Chapter 5: Climate Change and the Future of Freshwater|
David L. Feldman
|107||Chapter 6: Adult Stem Cells to Cure Diabetes-Induced Vision Loss|
|121||Chapter 7: Neogenesis|
Reginald H. Garrett
|137||Chapter 8: Keys to Bioproducts from Agriculture|
|157||Chapter 9: The Promise and Pitfalls of Cognitive Enhancement|
|177||Chapter 10: Who Do They Think They Are?|
Reginald H. Garrett
|197||Chapter 11: The Uncertain Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution|
General public; undergraduate students studying courses on “science, technology and society”, bioethics, engineering ethics, history of technology, sociology of science, sociology of technology, future studies, and science fiction; and college-preparatory and high-school students studying related courses
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