9781138043237-1138043230-Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience

Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience

ISBN-13: 9781138043237
ISBN-10: 1138043230
Edition: 1
Author: Stevens, Tina, Newman, Stuart
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Paperback 218 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781138043237
ISBN-10: 1138043230
Edition: 1
Author: Stevens, Tina, Newman, Stuart
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Paperback 218 pages

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Acknowledged authors Stevens, Tina, Newman, Stuart wrote Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience comprising 218 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1138043230 and 9781138043237. Since then Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience relates the intensifying effort of bioentrepreneurs to apply genetic engineering technologies to the human species and to extend the commercial reach of synthetic biology or "extreme genetic engineering." In 1980, legal developments concerning patenting laws transformed scientific researchers into bioentrepreneurs. Often motivated to create profit-driven biotech start-up companies or to serve on their advisory boards, university researchers now commonly operate under serious conflicts of interest. These conflicts stand in the way of giving full consideration to the social and ethical consequences of the technologies they seek to develop. Too often, bioentrepreneurs have worked to obscure how these technologies could alter human evolution and to hide the social costs of keeping on this path. Tracing the rise and cultural politics of biotechnology from a critical perspective, Biotech Juggernaut aims to correct the informational imbalance between producers of biotechnologies on the one hand, and the intended consumers of these technologies and general society, on the other. It explains how the converging vectors of economic, political, social, and cultural elements driving biotechnology’s swift advance constitutes a juggernaut. It concludes with a reflection on whether it is possible for an informed public to halt what appears to be a runaway force.

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