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The Biotech Century: The Coming Age of Genetic Commerce Paperback – 2 Sep 1999

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (2 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075380848X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753808481
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,950,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When two Scottish scientists successfully cloned a sheep in July 1996, the news sparked fierce scientific, ethical, theological and philosophical debate, momentarily pulling biotechnology from the laboratories and thrusting it onto the front pages. With living proof that such advancements are no longer the stuff of science fiction, a whole new world of possibilities--and dangers- -presented itself. Jeremy Rifkin is more concerned with the dangers of this technology, and in The Biotech Century he presents numerous compelling reasons why we should be too. Many of these dangers revolve around the seemingly inevitable commercialisation of genetically engineered life forms that would come if corporations battled for the rights to patents on new or modified species of plants, animals or even human beings. Rifkin warns that "designer" babies and genetically perfect humans, along with other artificial creations, would wreak havoc with the gene pool and natural environment. While he concedes that there are benefits to biotechnology, he makes it clear that the risks far outweigh the rewards at this time, urging for greater restraint and responsibility before opening what could be a Pandora's box.

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One of the most popular social thinkers of our time, Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of "The European Dream," "The Hydrogen Economy," "The Age of Access," "The Biotech Century," and "The End of Work." A fellow at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program, he is president of The Foundation on Economic Trends in Bethesda, MD. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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