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Brave New World | biotechnology


Was hat Biotechnologie mit Brave New World zu tun und welche Kenntnisse lassen sich zu BNW heranziehen?


Biotechnology - anything is possible - ... is anything disarable?
» genetic engineering are we permitted to intrude into natural processes?
» artificial insemination is it a logical continuation of technological progress?


» propagation of plants » artificial insemination and
in-vitro fertilization / implantation
» fight against cancer and genetic diseases
» duplication of man?
» control of ageing process
» man is product of a particular socio-cultural environment

» ethnical, social, psychological effects / consequences
legal issues:
» who is the parents:
- the DNA-provides
- the egg-provides mother to carry out the embryo?
hope for childless parents » biotechnological invention of new crop products for farming techniques
  » modified corn products to increase the amount of food
» is the new form of life a product?   » new breeds of tropical hardy cattle
» what are the legal rights?  
» appropriate limits?
  » how should the limits be decided?
  » it's a national or international control of these processes necessary and likely?

Domestication of biotechnology

If domestication of biotechnology is the future, five important questions need to be answered:
1. Can it be stopped?
2. Ought it to be stopped?
3. If stopping it is either impossible or undesirable, what are the appropriate (passend) limits that our society must impose on it?
4. How should the limits be decided?
5. How should the limits be enforced, nationally and internationally?
Within a few decades (Jahrzehnte), biotechnology is likely to replace most of our existing chemical industries and a large part of our mining and manufacturing industries.
Biotechnology will use land and sunlight as its primary sources of raw materials and energy. Fortunately, sunlight is most abundant in tropical countries where most of the world's people live and proverty (Armut) is most acute.
Since land and sunlight are discributed more equitably than coal and oil, biotechnology can be a great equaliser, helping to narraw the gap (Lücke) between rich and poor countries.
With the aid (Unterstützung) of biotechnology, the children in every village of Africa could enjoy their fair share of the blessings of civilisation. They might even get to play the same biotech games.
Freeman J. Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, US

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