Book ID: CBB001251428

Biology Is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life (2010)


Carlson, Robert H. (Author)

Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2010
Physical Details: vii + 279 pp.; ill.; maps; bibl.; index
Language: English

Technology is a Process and a body of knowledge as much as a collection of artifacts. Biology is no different - and we are just beginning to comprehend the challenges inherent in the next stage of biology as a human technology. It is this critical moment, with its wide-ranging implications, that Robert Carlson considers in Biology Is Technology. He offers a uniquely informed perspective on the endeavors that contribute to current progress in this area - the science of biological systems and the technology used to manipulate them." "In a number of case studies, Carlson demonstrates that the development of new mathematical, computational, and laboratory tools will facilitate the engineering of biological artifacts - up to and including organisms and ecosystems. Exploring how this will happen, with reference to past technological advances, he explains how objects are constructed virtually, tested using sophisticated mathematical models, and finally constructed in the real world." "Such rapid increases in the power, availability, and application of biotechnology raise obvious questions about who gets to use it, and to what end. Carlson's thoughtful analysis offers rare insight into our choices about how to develop biological technologies and how these choices will determine the pace and effectiveness of innovation as a public good

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Authors & Contributors
Bailey, Britt
Lappé, Frances Morre
Raffensperger, Carolyn
Lappé, Marc A.
Hughes, Sally Smith
Thompson, Paul B.
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science as Culture
Island Press
University of Wisconsin Press
Princeton University Press
University of Chicago Press
Carnegie Mellon University
Genetic engineering
Biotechnology industry
Science and politics
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
United States
Great Britain
Human Genome Project
Royal Society of London

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