Daniel Kevles, 19 August 1993
Show More Perilous Knowledge: The Human Genome Project and its Implications by Tom Wilkie.
Faber, 195 pp., £14.99, May 1993, 0 571 16423 4Show More
The Language of the Genes: Biology, History and the Evolutionary Future by Steve Jones.
HarperCollins, 236 pp., £16.99, June 1993, 0 00 255020 2Show More
“... Nothing in contemporary science seems to trouble the public more than genetic engineering. Despite the cloying sentimentality that Steven Spielberg has introduced into Jurassic Park, the film expresses the sharp scepticism about the benefits of manipulating DNA that forms the moral core of the novel by Michael Crichton on which it is based. In the novel, Ian Malcolm, the conscience of the tale, remarks as he lies dying from a raptor attack (in the film he doesn’t die; only villains die on Spielberg’s screen): ‘Science, like other outmoded systems, is destroying itself ...”