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Cowboy cloners, mavericks and kings: a cautionary tale of a promissory science

Glasner, Peter Egon 2007. Cowboy cloners, mavericks and kings: a cautionary tale of a promissory science. Twenty-First Century Society 2 (3) , pp. 265-274. 10.1080/17450140701631445

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Ever since Dolly the sheep was cloned, there has been much debate in the media and public spheres about the ethics and morality of genetic research. This paper, based on a Public Lecture given at the Australian National University in Canberra in September 2006, considers some of the social and cultural issues that arise from scientific advances in the selection, modification and engineering of human and other species, and their implications for improving health and extending life. It suggests that while visionary talk abounds, the new genetics has not yet begun to fulfil its promises in these areas. Examples, based on the author's own research, range from the mapping of the human genome, and the development of proteomics, to the application of stem cell technologies in South Korea, India and the United Kingdom. In particular, the paper highlights the importance of the robust regulation of informed consent procedures to under pin good governance in these new bio-technologies. It concludes that this account is a cautionary tale of a ‘promissory science’, where experience suggests that hype may once more triumph over hope.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1745-0144
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:16

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