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Acute Phase Proteins by Samols D., Agrawal A., Kushner I.

By Samols D., Agrawal A., Kushner I.

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4 million) of these procedures (Home Office, 2009). 7 million procedures, of which GM animals accounted for 26 per cent (710,000) of these. As further comparison, in 1995 GM animals were only used in 8 per cent of procedures. There has now been an increase in overall procedures each year since 2002. The longer-term impact of biotechnology on these figures is unclear. For example this may be a post-genomic spike whereby scientists are using large numbers of mice to investigate genetic function in the wake of the sequencing of that animal’s genome.

In the context of bioethics, there is a role for educating scientists on the ethics and economic and social context of science and technology. Indeed one of the intimations of an animal bioethics noted at the end of the last chapter (see, for example, Marie et al, 2005) is exactly about bringing ethics ‘into’ the cultures of science. But the critical questions are which ethics and how is the broader economic and social context of science being framed if at all? The goal of this sort of work (one can also point to the emergence of ethics teaching in veterinary schools) can be to act as a healthy check against continued scientific myths of neutrality and naïve realist views of scientific ‘facts’ as purified of values.

We can note two major conflicting future visions of human–animal relations in this context that speak to wider debates about society–nature relations: such as tensions between humanism/posthumanism and the broad questioning of ‘progress’. While the intellectual and advocacy movement of critical animal studies wants to initiate a rolling back and potentially an abolition of animal agriculture, the biotechnological vision is creatively involved in new modes of technoscience that assume an instrumentalist ethics, and crucially are embedded within a scaling-up of the capitalization of the animal.

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