Genetic Biotechnology and Evolutionary Theory: Some Unsolicited Advice to Rhetors

Journal of Medical Humanities 22 (1):15-28 (2001)
In his book The Biotech Century Jeremy Rifkin makes arguments about the dangers of market-driven genetic biotechnology in medical and agricultural contexts. Believing that Darwinism is too compromised by a competitive ethic to resist capitalist depredations of the genetic commons, and perhaps hoping to pick up anti-Darwinian allies, he turns for support to unorthodox non-Darwinian views of evolution. The Darwinian tradition, more closely examined, contains resources that might better serve his argument. The robust tradition associated with Theodosius Dobzhansky, Ernst Mayr, and others provides an alternative, scientifically sound basis for challenging the rhetoric of genetic reductionism
Keywords Creationism  Neo-Darwinism  Human Genome Project  Non-Darwinian Evolution  genetic biotechnology  evolutionary theory
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