Biotechnology and Justice

Authored by: Ronald Cole-Turner

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178

10.4324/9780203803516.ch39

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Abstract

Before human beings discovered writing, or learned to live in cities, they practiced biotechnology in its simplest forms: agriculture, selective breeding of plants and animals, the use of yeast to produce bread and wine and beer, and the processing of plant extracts for medicinal purposes. These basic forms of biotechnology helped give rise to cities, laws, religions, philosophies, and eventually to the modern science of biology, which drives biotechnological advances to new levels.

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