Special Editors: Eduardo Mendieta & Lois Lorentzen
University of San Francisco
Deadline for Submissions: July 14, 2000
Will the twenty-first century be the century of hitherto unimagined transformations in which human beings control production, reproduction, and the development of life itself? Like never before, the aphorism "knowledge is power" means "power is knowledge." Biotechnology allows humans to manipulate genes, thus permitting us to re-arrange the grammar of life itself. Some claim that this "biotech century" may bring forth unthinkable horrors as we manipulate nature to suit the human will. Others claim that this new science may cure our diseases, feed our hungry, provide us with therapeutic drugs and alternative energy sources. Will the technologies of cloning, gene mapping, gene splicing, gene therapy, genetic modification of organisms, bring us to a bright age of ecotopian justice or to a dark eugenic dystopia?
In this special issue of Peace Review we invite essays on different aspects of Biopiracy and Biotechnology, including:
Intellectual property rights -- the commodification of nature, indigenous rights to DNA/plants/pharmaceuticals, the patenting of life forms by multinationals, third world/first world perspectives, discovering versus inventing.
The environment and biotechnology -- the patenting of seeds, genetically modified organisms, genetically modified food (the recent Frankenfood controversy), agribusiness and biotechnology, the recombinant growth hormone and the third world.
Political and economic dimensions -- third world biotechnology and the foreign debt, national, regional, international regimes and biotech regulation, monopolization of biotechnological knowledge.
Military uses of biotechnology.
Social consequences of biotechnology -- race relations, gene altering, genetic therapy and screening, abortion and genetic screening.
Case studies and practical proposals to turn biotech knowledge over to public institutions and non-profit organizations are welcome.
PEACE REVIEW is a quarterly, multidisciplinary, transnational journal of research and analysis, focusing on the current issues and controversies that underlie the promotion of a more peaceful world. We define peace research to include human rights, development, ecology, culture, race, gender and related issues. Our task is to present the results of this research and thinking in short (no more than 3500 words), accessible and substantive essays.
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