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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Author and scholar Conrad B. Quintyn weaves together a thorough representation of biological modification, its positives, and its potential for abuse in the non-fiction scientific academic book Biotechnology: Scientific Advancement Versus Public Safety. Ethical ramifications are the primary focus in Quintyn's work as he provides a non-chronological timeline of advancements as they apply in principle, theory, and fact to the primary argument of the dossier: there is irrefutable evidence that the ethical regulations and direct oversight in the field of biotechnology are significantly lagging behind the rapidity of genetic development. Questions are raised on the probability of further disenfranchisement of entire populations, and even countries, as the race to modify everything to a 'potential best' runs in opposition to the original premise that scientific advancements are to educate, help, and heal.
As a child, if you asked my family patriarch what his religion was he would answer, “Academic.” We had entire meals enlivened, and sometimes ruined, by conversations on a lot of the material Conrad B. Quintyn consolidates into Biotechnology: Scientific Advancement Versus Public Safety. The data speaks for itself so a review of what that is can only be relevant in order to evaluate the effectiveness of how it is conveyed. My true understanding of the subject is embarrassingly inadequate and, in that respect, it could be said that this makes me the perfect reader for Quintyn's book. My mother had several years added to her life as the result of a successful stem-cell replacement for advanced metastasized breast cancer. But could my grandmother's pregnancies have been saved if a genetically modified embryo was the seedling and was crafted instead of the standard organic model? If the answer is yes then you haven't been reading. The issue isn't survival, it's survival at what cost. Who draws the line? Are we already too far past it to turn back now? Nobody can know that for sure but Quintyn has collated exactly what's needed to get an unknowing public into the conversation. Very highly recommended.