Controversies in Science and Technology: From Maize to by Daniel Lee Kleinman, Visit Amazon's Abby J. Kinchy Page,

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Regardless of the subtitle, this isn't the center quantity of a protracted alphabetically sequence, yet a stand-alone anthology of nineteen unique experiences. students of scientific, environmental, and social sciences disguise the overuse of antibiotics at the farm; international matters touching on genetically transformed plants; the technology, tradition, and background of hormone substitute treatment and menopause; and smallpox and bioterrorism. Their aim is to assist readers take into consideration the problems relating to how technological know-how and know-how impact their day-by-day lives.

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Based on the historical evidence, she advocates approaches that are culturally sensitive and cooperative, rather than forced from the top down. Conclusions The four sections of this book are intended to be separate, with disparate issues spanning a range of science and technology. But some themes woven through all are notable. They all illustrate the challenge and accompanying risks of making decisions in the absence of sufficient information. Although everyone agrees that policy should be evidencebased, different constituents advocate making decisions at different points on the continuum between ignorance and conclusive knowledge.

In the controversy about the farm use of antibiotics, a central argument concerns human health: is antibiotic use in livestock and poultry leading to human resistance to antibiotics that are important for controlling pathogens? This includes various scientific arguments about the paths by which antibiotic resistance that developed in animals can be transferred to humans, the relative contribution of medical and animal use of antibiotics to the development of human resistance to antibiotics, and the effect of banning specific animal antibiotics.

And the facile movement of genes in the microbial world is not just a one-way path. Resistance genes arising from the overuse of antibiotics in humans may in turn be affecting agriculture. The use of treated sewage as fertilizer on fields, for example, may be a vector for spreading to animals resistance spawned in humans. Alternatives When an antibiotic is not in use, bacteria without resistance genes probably will be more abundant than bacteria with resistance genes, because the enzymes and other proteins used to dismantle the antibiotic cost energy to produce.

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