Date of Award

Spring 1990

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Richard Lambert

Second Advisor

Robert Schimoler

Third Advisor

John Addis

Abstract

Genetic engineering. What sorts of images does this term conjure? Is it mad scientists slaving over a microscope to develop the perfect being? Is it an assembly line of test tubes filled with chemicals which are later to become citizens of a Brave New World? Or is it a vision of a society free from evils such as disease, depression, and crime? In the future some of these "far-fetched" ideas may become realities, but today "genetic engineering" has a different meaning. Today, “genetic engineering” means the modification of the DNA of an organism or the replacement of one gene by another. This replacement can come about in many ways including selective breeding and direct manipulation of the gene. In this thesis, the focus will be on direct manipulation of the genes.

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