Cultural Politics of Bio-Genetics

William Leiss

What is the future of human genetic engineering?

Are the clones and chimeras likely to be produced by human genetic engineering part of the biotech future? Or is this vision of the posthuman future something long implied by the cultural history of technology? Are we moving towards the age of the posthuman, or are we trapped in a technological cycle first explored by the writings of Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum?

William Leiss is a Fellow and Past-President of the Royal Society of Canada; NSERC/SSHRC Research Chair in Risk Communication and Public Policy in the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary; Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University; and Executive-in-Residence,Mclaughlin Centre for Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa.

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