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Bioethics in the Age of New Media$
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Joanna Zylinska

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262240567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262240567.001.0001

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The Secret of Life: Bioethics between Corporeal and Corporate Obligations

The Secret of Life: Bioethics between Corporeal and Corporate Obligations

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Bioethics in the Age of New Media

Joanna Zylinska

The MIT Press

In this chapter, the author talks about “traditional bioethics,” which includes predefined normativity, human subjectivity, and universal applicability. The author talks about the “secret of life” —about the analysis of DNA. In the 1944 book, What is Life?, Erwin Schroedinger talks about the fact that after the ghastly aftermath of world wars, most physicists took up biology as a safer option. At this time, the study of human DNA came to the forefront. The chapter focuses on the origin of the human life, which is no longer a secret but a code that is imprinted on the DNA. Cracking the code of life became the aim of a number of scientists the world over. The Human Genome Diversity Project was launched to gain more knowledge about the human origins, prehistory, and evolution.

Keywords:   human subjectivity, DNA, secret of life, genome, evolution

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