Television: Bloodlines: Technology Hits
Home (June 10)
A baby with five "parents" and none of them
recognized by law. A patent application for a creature that
would be genetically part human and part chimpanzee. A corporation
secretly doing genetic tests on its workers. These scenarios
are not only real, they are challenging our most fundamental
beliefs and establishing legal precedents that govern our future.
Bloodlines: Technology Hits Home, a one-hour documentary
that premieres Tuesday, June 10th at 9 PM on PBS (check local
listings for rebroadcast schedule), reveals how new biotechnologies
are raising ethical, legal and social dilemmas as cutting-edge
science intersects with the law. Accompanying it is an extensive
Ralph Brave, "James Watson Wants to
Build a Better Human," AlterNet.org (May 28, 2003)
Many newspaper, radio and television accounts of the 50th anniversary
of the discovery of DNA's double helix focused on the eccentric
genius and baffling charm of co-discoverer James Watson. Meanwhile,
largely unnoticed, Nobel laureate Watson celebrated in his own
way: by continuing to aggressively advance his agenda for genetically
re-engineering the human species--even if that requires engaging
in medical experimentation that puts lives at risk.
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Journal: The New Atlantis
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