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Challenging Nature: The Clash Between Biotechnology and Spirituality (Ecco)

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Stem cell research, genetically modified crops, animals developed with personalized human organs for transplantation, and other previously inconceivable biotech applications could increase the quality of all human lives and maximize the health of the biosphere. But ironically, as the science becomes more precise and transparent, it also becomes more contentious. In Challenging Nature, Silver argues that although they seem to have little in common, Christian fundamentalists opposed to embryo research and New Age organic food devotees are both driven by a deeply rooted fear that biotechnology—in some guise—challenges the sovereignty of a higher or deeper transcendent authority. In the short term, Silver writes, Eastern spiritual traditions will give Asian countries a research advantage. But over the millennia, human nature may have the potential to remake Mother Nature in the image of an idealized world.

About the Author

Lee M. Silver is professor of molecular biology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton Uni-versity, and author of Challenging Nature. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University, and he lives with his family in New Jersey and New York.

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ISBN:
9780060582685
Author:
Silver, Lee M.
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Business Ethics
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Ecco
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in 48.96 oz

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