A summary of Governing Biotechnology
by George Annas
Professor George Annas of Boston University believes that the test for the 21st century is to create a way to govern biotechnology that will lead to the improvement of human life as opposed to destroying it. He explains that biotechnology has had a bumpy back-and-forth road, with issues such as bioterrorism pushing it back and practices like somatic cell nuclear transfer pushing it forward. Annas feels that the first necessary reform is to make clear to lay persons the difference between reproductive cloning and somatic cell nuclear transfer. Somatic cell nuclear transfer is not harmful and therefore cannot be categorized as destructive to humans; rather, it improves the lives of humans. Annas also argues that we need to create a global rules system that includes various governments, industries, NGOs and the public.