In a message dated 99-10-06 00:48:56 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert J. Bradbury) wrote:
> > Organized groups opposed to rational use of genetic technology have made
Only time for a very quick reply now (maybe more later today -- Robert, I
think you consistently overestimate the rationality of "the mainstream" . . .
> > complete banning of genetically modified food and the use of advanced
> > technology in human medical applications a key policy objective.
> Please cite references here for "use of advanced genetic technology in
> human medical applications"
Only time for a very quick reply now (maybe more later today -- Robert, I think you consistently overestimate the rationality of "the mainstream" . . ..). For the nonce, I'll just repost something we saw on the list just yesterday:
> Welcome to the
> Techno-Eugenics Email List
> Number 1
> September 10, 1999
> WELCOME TO TEEL
> This is the first edition of the Techno-Eugenics Email List.
> As far as we know, it's the only list focused on the politics
> of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies.
[they don't know much, do they]
> We support biotechnology in the public interest. We oppose
> policies and biotechnologies--including human germline
> engineering and human cloning--that foster inequality,
> discrimination, objectification, and the commodification
> of human genes and tissues.
> The pace of developments has picked up considerably in the
> past several months. And glimmers of opposition are starting
> to emerge. But most Americans--including most activists and
> academics--have no idea that a small group of influential
> scientists have launched a campaign to promote germline
> engineering, human cloning, and a techno-eugenic future.
> We've begun working to change that situation: to alert the
> public about the new technologies and the techno-eugenic vision;
> to educate environmental, social justice, women's health, public
> health, and other groups; and to create organized opposition.
> TEEL will consist largely of announcements about relevant
> events (especially in California), brief updates on important
> developments, and pointers to useful information.
> For at least the next several months, TEEL will be irregular
> (a couple times a month), informal, and non-automated. We'd
> welcome feedback, and suggestions about focus and format.
> A web site will be coming soon.
> Marcy Darnovsky will moderate. Send her submissions at the
> email address below.
> This first edition is being sent to people with whom we've
> been in contact about human cloning, germline engineering,
> genetic enhancement, and related issues.
> Feel free to pass TEEL on to
> others who may be interested in becoming involved, and
> encourage them to subscribe. No obligations!
> Marcy Darnovsky Rich Hayes
> email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
> -- Briefing paper on "The Threat of the New Human Techno-
> Eugenics," by Rich Hayes. 8 pages. Available from
> -- GeneWatch, the newsletter of the Council for Responsible
> Genetics, has just published an excellent special issue
> (August 1999) on human cloning. Subscription information:
> CRG, 5 Upland Road, Suite 3, Cambridge, MA 02140. Phone:
> 617-868-0870. Individual subscriptions (6 issues) are $24.
> -- Wild Duck Review special issue on biotechnology, with
> detailed discussion of human genetic technologies. For
> information about copies, email Casey Walker, editor, at
> -- For the best recent short statement in a prestigious
> medical journal against human germline engineering, see
> "Human Germline Gene Modification: A Dissent," Paul
> Billings, Ruth Hubbard, and Stuart Newman. The Lancet
> Vol 353 Number 9167, 29 May 1999.
> -- Notes on the first two meetings of the California Cloning
> Committee, including testimony from Paul Billings of Council
> for Responsible Genetics. Available from Rich Hayes,
> -- ABC News "Nightline in Primetime" aired a special on human
> cloning on August 19, 1999. Anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent
> Robert Krulwich joined featured guest Lee Silver in endorsing
> human genetic enhancement. A 5-page summary is available from
> Marcy Darnovsky, email@example.com. Video copies and transcripts are
> available from ABC News (abcnews.com), which also has a web site
> based on the special at http://abcnews.go.com/onair/popoff/bnw .
> -- A list of recent books on the new human genetic technologies
> is available from Marcy Darnovsky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
> -- Notes on the acquisition by Geron, a Menlo Park biotech
> company, of Roslin Bio-Med and the nuclear transfer technology
> used to create Dolly, the cloned sheep. 2 pages. Available
> from Marcy Darnovsky, email@example.com.