The social, moral, ethical, legal and political implications of today’s biological technologies: an Indian point of view

| July 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The last 50 years have seen an increasing emphasis on ethical, moral, social, legal, political and economic implications of science for reasons that are discussed in this article. Biotechnology has been no exception to this trend. Areas of biotechnology where the above implications have been important, are briefly described. Ethical and related issues in today’s biology-based technologies are discussed with special reference to India. Examples of technological exploitation within a country, or of one country by another, using modern biology-based technologies are given. The possible implications of one new and emerging biology-based technology are discussed. It is concluded that a well-informed and knowledgeable society is the only assured insurance against possible misuse of biology-based technologies of today and tomorrow, including their use for the exploitation of people. The recent decision of the Prime Minister of India to set up a National Knowledge Commission is mentioned in this context.

Keywords: Biotechnology · Ethics · Implications · India

The social, moral, ethical, legal and political implications of today’s biological technologies: an Indian point of view. P.M. Bhargava Biotechnology Journal, 2006, 1, 34-46.

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