Biological Wealth & Other Essays

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World Scientific, 2002 - Biodiversity - 207 pages
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The biological wealth of our planet is represented by the biodiversity that surrounds us. Our future wellbeing depends on the care and conservation that we practice to protect and enhance that biodiversity, which resides mostly in developing countries. Yet, the holders of traditional knowledge remain poor, while those exploiting it commercially become prosperous. As we utilize recombinant DNA technology to achieve food security and other goals, serious apprehension has arisen in the public mind with regard to the impact of genetically modified crops on our environment and health. Similarly, the long-term impact of gene therapy is not known either. These dilemmas and their ethical implications are examined in this book in the context of intellectual property rights and international cooperation.
 

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Contents

Rights Over Biological Wealth
3
Biodiversity and Intellectual Property Rights IPRs
11
Should We Take an Interest in Intellectual Property Rights?
18
Global Economy and Genomics
27
Persistence of GMOs in the Environment
34
E U U S Biotechnology Recommendations
42
Culture and Biodiversity
55
Sacred Groves and Biodiversity
63
Ethics and Genetic Engineering
97
The Third Culture Ethics the Missing Piece in the Puzzle
105
Cloning Again
114
The Politics of Biotechnology
123
The Role of Science in Developing Countries
146
The State of Science in India
152
Controversial Sterilization of Women from
161
Understanding Violence
166

Who Owns the DNA?
69
DNA Technology in Forensic Medicine
76
Public Perception of Genetic Engineering
83
The Terminator Gene
89
Further Progress Made for the Hunger Project
172
Why Should We Be Interested in the Census?
180
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Dronamraju is President of the Foundation for Genetic Research in Houston, Texas.

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