and the Politics of Cloning
University of Texas-El Paso
O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world That has such people in't.
—William Shakespeare, The Tempest
We're ready to go because we think that the genie's out of her bottle.
—Dr. Panos Zavos
Anyone who thinks that things will move slowly is being very naive.
—Lee Silver, Molecular Biologist
As we move into a new millennium fraught with terror and danger, a global postmodern cosmopolis is unfolding in the midst of rapid evolutionary and social changes co-constructed by science and technology. We are quickly morphing into a new biological and social existence that is ever more mediated and shaped by computers, mass media, and biotechnology, all driven by the logic of capital and a powerful, emergent technoscience. In this global context, science is no longer merely an interpretation of the natural and social worlds. Rather it has become an active force in changing them and the very nature of life. In an era where life can be created and resigned in a petri dish and genetic codes can be edited like a digital text, the distinction between natural and artificial has become confused and confounded.