103S.002 Fall 2005 Brave New Worlds: Biology and American History from the 1860s to the 1990s

At the turn of the 21st century, with the sequencing of the human genome complete, scientists and politicians hailed the coming of a new biotechnological age. Craig Venter prophesied "a new starting point" in human history, while James Watson promised a "giant resource that will change mankind, like the printing press." President Clinton announced that "today we are learning the language in which God created life." These bold visions were accompanied by deep anxieties and fears.


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