Viewed in a Cultural Framework

This is any essay not only to be read, but pondered. Dr. Gaull’s thesis suggests that the modern biotechnology industry has evolved with far less resistance in the United States than in Germanic Europe due to deeply-rooted and fundamentally divergent cultural trajectories. Drawing on his vast grasp of the philosophical and the material and the numerous disciplines that seek to reconcile them with one another, Dr. Gaul ultimately attempts to place the current status of the world-wide biotechnology revolution in an historical context. The content of this essay will undoubtedly stir usually placid historians into active controversy, and provide statesmen and industrialists with arguments to popularise their varying objectives. As important as these outcomes may be, it will also, I hope, inspire us to seek a better understanding of the place of biotechnology in our own cultural fabric. For, in the end, the contribution of this far-ranging essay should not be based on how many questions it answers, but rather, on how many it raises.

1998, Studies in the Environment No. 14, ISBN 978 0 255 36447 8, PB