Celia Deane-Drummond, editor
T. & T.
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refers to the genes of a particular species. In the year 2000, five years ahead
of schedule, the Human Genome Project (HGP) produced a first draft of the
sequence of the genes in our species.
were miffed to hear that we have 30,000 genes (only twice as many as some
worms) instead of the expected 100,000.
represent a recipe, not a blueprint. They interact with other genes, with the
proteins for which they code, with the environment of the human body, and with
the wider environment that we create. If you watched a play with 30,000 actors,
you would have to concentrate.
Brave New World? looks at some of the theology and ethics of our new
knowledge: one of the 14 contributors, Julie Clague, coins the word
encouraged by the fact that so many (not all of them contributors to this book)
now work at the cutting edges of theology and science. Only recently, you could
count them on the fingers of one hand.
Deane-Drummond, who has a chair in theology and the biological sciences, is the
editor. She gives a general introduction and a postscript, together with
introductions to six sections of several chapters each.
do not have some appropriate scientific background will find
Brave New World? difficult. They might like to start with
Deane-Drummond’s Biology and Theology Today (SCM,