Now Wesley J. Smith provides us with a guide to the new world that is no longer a figment of our imagination, but right around the corner of our lives. This carefully researched audiobook reports on the gargantuan "big biotech" industry and its supporters in science and in the universities. Smith reveals how this lobby works and how the ideology of "scientism", mixed with the lure of riches, threatens to dismantle ethical norms and compromise the uniqueness and importance of all human life.
©2004 Wesley J. Smith; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Smith deserves exceptionally high marks for providing an eminently readable, profoundly insightful, and thoughtful conversation on the impact of biotechnology." (American Conservative)
Stem cell research has progressed far beyond the topics discussed in this book since it was published.
The political agenda seemed very slanted, this made it a curious read.
I was expecting a good review of the state of the art in biotech. Instead this is a thinly disguised Catholic manifesto on the evils of abortion and the need to regard a few cells as a "nascent human life". The author comes out against in-vitro fertilization because of the excess fertilized eggs produced, demonizes researchers as motivated by money and the desire to "destroy nascent human life", and praises George Bush's stand against stem cell research. It's pretty much out of date anyway since the current research tends to emphasise induced pluripotent stem cells anyway and the embryonic argument is moot. I suppose the "Brave New World" in the title should have tipped me off to the author's bias... I wouldn't recommend this to anyone interested in a scientific overview. Might appeal to church groups but that's about the only ones I can see getting anything out of it.
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