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NO MODEST PROPOSAL: BIOENGINEERING HUMANS FOR GLOBAL WARMING

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SUMMARY: "You know the situation is getting desperate when three bio-ethicists propose genetically modifying humans to reduce our environmental impact. In a bizarre paper titled Human engineering and climate change, Matthew Liao, Anders Sandberg and Rebecca Roache argue we should seriously consider technologies to engineer human bodies to reduce carbon emissions.

TURKS REFUSING TO EAT GM FOOD, POLL REVEALS

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SUMMARY: "Some 83 percent of Turkish people are against consuming food from genetically modified organisms, according to a survey by Greenpeace. Some 82.3 percent of the population has some knowledge about GMs, said the survey conducted by 4,860 people. Nejat Dinç, the man in charge of Greenpeace’s Mediterranean Agriculture Campaign, told Radikal that Turkish citizens know well about GM food despite a common prejudice suggesting the opposite.

Writing Your Baby’s Synthetic Genome: Genetic Engineering for the Facebook Generation

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In the 1990s, leading personae including Nobel Prize winner James Watson, Princeton University molecular biologist Lee Silver, and UCLA “life science entrepreneur and visionary” Gregory Stock all championed the dream of engineering the perfect human being.

That frightening techno-eugenic vision is now being “upgraded” for the digital generation. The ideological project of genetically “enhanced” post-humans appears to be reemerging – this time with a synthetic biology twist.

China: Public Has Doubts Over Modified Food

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Nearly 70 percent of Chinese consumers in a recent survey expressed objections to genetically modified rice.

The survey result was released on Tuesday by Greenpeace China, which had polled 1,300 people who ranged in age from 18 to 55 and lived in six cities in the country.

”We chose Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to sample as first-tier cities, Changsha and Wuhan as second-tier cities, and we also hired a research company to conduct the survey in Hong Kong,” said Fang Lifeng, campaigner for Greenpeace China’s food and agriculture project.

Who owns your genes? In many cases, not you

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In November 2005, Runi Limary, a sixth-grade teacher in Austin, Texas, was diagnosed with invasive cancer in her right breast. "I was only 28, and I was in total shock and disbelief," she recalls. "I kept thinking the pathologist had made a mistake, that there was no way this was actually happening to me."

Because she was so young, she wondered whether she had inherited a mutation of the BRCA 1 or 2 gene, which would significantly increase her risk of developing a second breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer.

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