3. June 2011 20:12
We are deeply conflicted about our treatment of animals as a society; so when we see the use of animal bodies as platforms for genetic experiments, it is little wonder that we are confused about how to react. The New Scientist dubs bioengineered animals “creatures with bonus features,” and various websites and blogs have posted their lists of the “top ten coolest” or “most bizarre genetically modified animals.” Yet many of us remain uneasy. The new issue of GeneWatch magazine, now available online, digs deep into this complex issue with exclusive interviews and a variety of penetrating essays by experts in the field (including renowned bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe of Emory University- fresh from his recent presentation on this topic at TED ) on the practical and ethical issues raised by bioengineering animals.
The issue also features original reporting on the recent conflict between indigenous populations in Peru and National Geographic researchers’ attempts to collect their DNA; interviews with Greg Lukianoff of the Genetic Music Project, a community art endeavor in which musicians convert genetic code into songs and Mara Hvistendahl, author of Unnatural Selection about the marked rise in sex selection practices around the world and their ethical consequences as well as insightful pieces on timely issues ranging from gene patents to biolab safety.
Try GeneWatch for free online now at www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org.