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Friday, May 30, 1997

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  • Genetic engeneering.

    An extended look at some worrying trends in bio-technology and bio-genetics. We hear a recorded speech from Vandana Shiva. She speaks against the biological engineering of crops and animals.

  • BIO-PIRACY

    A discussion on the Human Genome Diversity Project. We listen to an excerpt from the "Gene Hunters", and follow scientists in Colombia searching for human genetic material. They are looking to build up a gene bank, and are in the back woods of Colombia looking for indigenous people who are genetically unique. They meet some resistance from those indigenous people they meet. The scientists tell them they are doing disease testing and often never explain the gene bank project to those whose blood is being used.

  • Discussion on Bio-Engineering

    We hear from a tape of Dr. Jonathan King, a professor at MIT and member of the board of directors of the Council for Responsible Genetics. King speaks about the overlap of science and politics and who the research being done by pharmaceutical companies is meant to benefit.

  • NOBEL LAUREATES gather to discuss arms transfers.

    Nobel Laureates gathered to announce the unveiling of a new international code of coduct on arms transfers. Tape exerpt of Oscar Arias, former Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Prize winner