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Creating Life from Life

Biotechnology and Science Fiction, 1st Edition

Edited by Rosalyn W. Berne

Pan Stanford

298 pages

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Description

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 "revol

Table of Contents

Introduction and History. Science-Story Dialectic as a Discourse of Change. History of the Biotechnology Revolution. Understanding Problems & Approaching Cures. The "Vicious Cycle" of Obesity. Madeline. Prion Diseases. Carnivore's Game. Climate Change and the Future of Freshwater. Negotiations. Adult Stem Cells to Cure Diabetes-induced Vision Loss. Shadows, and Sugars, and Shades of Grey (Madeline, Part. 2). New Knowledge & New Capabilities. Neogenesis. Madness Enough to Break the World. Who Do They Think They Are? Emmanuel. Keys to Bioproducts from Agriculture. Soon They'll Know our Secrets. Dr. Hyde. The Promise and Pitfalls of Cognitive Enhancement. Build Me a Memory. On We Go. To Where, Who Knows? The Uncertain Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. Ronin. Closing Reflection on the Word "Revolution".

About the Editor

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED009000
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
MED071000
MEDICAL / Pharmacology
SCI010000
SCIENCE / Biotechnology