In Defense of Science and Technology

  • Elizabeth M. Whelan
Part of the Series in Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMENG)

Modern society benefits from a spectacular range of scientific and technological advances that have provided us with improvements in every sphere of life—from food safety to health care to transportation. We have reaped these benefits in improved length and quality of life, and in health. But according to many media outlets, our well-being is threatened, rather than improved, by scientific advances.

What creates this paradox? Part of the reason is that science has become more and more complex, requiring a greater degree of sophistication than was true in the past. Ninety years ago, it was simple to explain that heating milk in the process of pasteurization would kill pathogenic bacteria and prevent illness. Today, it is more difficult to explain to the non-scientist exactly what recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) is, and how it works to increase cows’ milk production. Similarly, when the non-scientist hears about cloning animals to improve the stock of meat and milk producers, he...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth M. Whelan
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  1. 1.The American Council on Science and HealthUSA

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