By Wesley J. Smith

Cloning researchers declare to have created an embryo that's often human, but in addition half animal. Biotech businesses brag approximately production human embryos as “products” to be used in scientific remedies. Echoing lengthy discredited master-race pondering, James Watson, who received a Nobel Prize for codiscovering the DNA double helix, claims that genetically improved humans will sometime “dominate the world.” occasions are relocating so fast—and biotechnology turns out so complicated—that many people fear we can’t have an educated opinion approximately those concerns which are remaking the human destiny prior to our very eyes. Now Wesley J. Smith offers us with a advisor to the courageous new global that's not a figment of our mind's eye, yet correct round the nook of our lives.

Smith begins with the fundamental questions. What are stem cells? what's the distinction among embryonic stem cells and grownup stem cells, and that are so much promising for scientific treatment? What does embryonic stem cellphone learn contain and why is it so arguable? what's its dating to human cloning? as well as explaining the technological know-how of stem cells, this hugely readable and thoroughly researched publication reviews at the gargantuan “Big Biotech” and its supporters within the universities and within the technological know-how and bioethics institutions. Smith finds how this foyer works and the way the ideology of “scientism,” combined with the entice of riches, threatens to impose on society a “new eugenics” that will dismantle moral norms and compromise the individuality and value of all human life.

Consumer’s advisor to a courageous New World provides a clear-eyed imaginative and prescient of 2 strength futures. in a single, biotechnology could be a robust instrument to regard affliction and increase the standard of our lives. yet in one other, darker situation, we'll be instructed onto the antihuman course that Aldous Huxley and different prophetic writers first warned opposed to fifty years in the past, sooner than technology fiction grew to become technological know-how fact.

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