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Synthetic Biology"Synthetic biology" is an umbrella term that refers to a new set of powerful techniques for manipulating the fundamental molecular structures of life, including genes, genomes, cells and proteins. Techniques being developed under the "synthetic biology" rubric include the modification of existing bacteria to produce useful substances or perform new functions, the creation of novel artificial organisms from "scratch," and — less noted to date — the modification of animal and human genes. Synthetic biologists foresee a host of human applications, including new methods to produce drugs, biofuels and vaccines; to diagnose, prevent and cure disease; and — far more controversially — to screen, select, and modify genes for specified traits in embryos, children, and adults. Nonetheless, the field remains in its early days, and separating hype from real potential remains difficult. Such prospects raise concerns for social justice, human rights, and equality.
Liberating Science and ImaginationISIS Report 09/01/13 Science co-opted by big business endangers society and stultifies the imagination on which the advancement of science depends; liberating science and the imagination is top priority for the survival of people and planet Dr Mae-Wan Ho Please circulate widely and repost, but you must give the URL of the original and preserve all the links back to articles on our website. If you find this report useful, please support ISIS by subscribing to our magazine Science in Society, and encourage your friends to do so. Or have a look at the ISIS bookstore for other publications Liberating Science Science is central to every aspect of our everyday lives and our wellbeing, be it to do with climate change, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), nuclear energy, mobile telephony, or the tens of thousands of chemicals to which we are constantly exposed in our homes, workplace, and the general environment. Liberating Imagination Science unfree stultifies and stifles the imagination. Ho MW.
BiomimicryNews.com - Biomimicry NewsE-Journals.OrgISIS News no.7/8 part35Book Briefs Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain by George Monbiot, MacMillan, London, 2000. Review by Mae-Wan Ho The corporate take over is here and threatening the foundations of democratic government. That is the message of George Monbiot’s explosive and important book Corporations have seized control of our hospitals, schools and universities. The chapter on corporate takeover of universities is too close to home. In the course of the genetic engineering debate, I had begun to realise that the corporate take over of science was the greatest threat to democracy and to the survival of our planet . In August, less than two months after my retirement, my research assistant and I were both officially banned from the University campus. The University made no attempt to communicate with me or with my assistant before imposing the ban. After days on the telephone to my Union representative, the Dean of Science agreed to see me. Genetic Engineering Dream or Nightmare?
ScienceMatters @ BerkeleyPhys.org - Science News, Technology, Physics, Nanotechnology, Space Science, Earth Science, MedicinePolitically Correct Science for the MassesISIS Report 27/01/14 Real democracy does not just mean the right to vote. People must also have access to the information they need to make an informed choice; that’s why scientists must be free to tell the truth and express their views accordingly on scientific issues Prof Peter Saunders Please circulate widely and repost, but you must give the URL of the original and preserve all the links back to articles on our website. If you find this report useful, please support ISIS by subscribing to our magazine Science in Society, and encourage your friends to do so. Shaping science to politics When US scientists produced a report warning that the current level of greenhouse gas emissions would almost certainly lead to unsustainable climate change, the Bush administration did not simply ignore their findings. At the time, the episode may have looked like yet another excess of an administration notorious for relying more on faith and instinct than on reality . Silencing scientists To conclude