GENTECH archive 8.96-97


Replies to Another GE List: Words Are VERY Important, New Survey

>Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 15:48:24 +0000
>From: (Jim Thomas)
>Subject: Re: Words Are VERY Important: New Survey
>To: Reclaim The Streets <>
>Content-Description: cc:Mail note part
> Its also important to be careful with 'Genetic engineering' - originally
GE was
>known as Genetic manipulation - very quickly the industries involved
>how scary this sounded (and is!). 'Genetic engineering' sounds technical and
>controlled as if reordering genes were somehow like building mecanno (its more
>unpredictable and chaotic than that..) Unfortunately its the term that most
>people recognise.
>Of course the presently preferred term (Genetic Modification) sounds even less
>scary as if its just a matter of shaving off a bit here and there - nothing
>I prefer to talk about genetic manipulation or in terms of genetic experiments
>(pointing up the unpredictablility) and when talking about the people that
do it
>focus on the companies that pay the scientists and tell them what to look at
>rather than the scientists themselves.
>In a broader sense we need to be challenging science, the context it is
>practised in and the perceived authority of science: its not a superior
kind of
>truth just a particular way of gathering knowledge that can also be
>to various ends..
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