Human-Animal Hybrid Experimentation
The Opportunity for Asymmetric
London, UK - 19th May 2008, 21:47 GMT
Dear ATCA Colleagues
[Please note that the views presented by individual contributors
are not necessarily representative of the views of ATCA, which is neutral.
ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue on global opportunities and threats.]
We are grateful to the distinguished ATCA contributor, Dr
Pete Moore, a Science Communicator and Author, for his addition "Human-Animal
Hybrid Experimentation -- The Opportunity for Asymmetric Intervention?"
to the Socratic dialogue in this regard.
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Human-Animal Hybrid Experimentation -- The Opportunity for Asymmetric
In response to your initial ATCA briefing "Human-Animal
Synthetic Organisms: Asymmetric Threats to Humanity" of 24th
March 2008, while I do not believe that hybrids pose a threat to humanity,
generating them will pose an asymmetric threat to conventional society.
Some people will welcome the changes that could be triggered, others fear
them, but the asymmetric element is that the changes could be forced on
the many by the few.
Dr Pete Moore
Dr Pete Moore is a science communicator and author of more than a dozen
books that reflect on the way that science and technology has had an impact
on humanity. His latest "Enhancing me - the hope and hype of human
enhancement" was published last week jointly by Wiley, The Dana Centre
and the Science Museum. Over the last 15 years he has contributed to national
and international publications, including 'Nature' and the 'Journal of Biology'.
He is developing a line in public speaking and has appeared on radio and
television and has won six national awards for his work. Pete is a fellow
of the Royal Society of Arts and has worked as a rapporteur at private meetings
in the House of Lords, and at St George's House, Windsor Castle. He is a
visiting lecturer in ethics at Trinity College Bristol, and a Course Tutor
on the Science Communication MSc course at the University of the West of
England, Bristol. He was Chairman of the Medical Journalists' Association
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