Human Body Shop

Human Body Shop

by Andrew Kimbrell, Jeremy Rifkin

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is the most disturbing and damning report to date on the biotechnology revolution and its ethical and social consequences and risks. Kimbrell, policy director of the Foundation of Economic Trends in Washington, D.C., first looks at a new multibillion-dollar industry involving the manipulation and marketing of blood, organs and fetal parts. He then moves on to the patenting of genetically engineered animals and even of human ``products'' (e.g., cells and genes) and the selling of human reproductive materials. He condemns surrogate motherhood as a form of ``bioslavery,'' and warns of the high ethical price of the new eugenics. Extrapolating from current trends, Kimbrell ominously predicts the genetic engineering of workers to enhance productive traits and the cloning of humans in the coming decades. His sane prescriptions for restricting the engineering and marketing of life cap his scary, Orwellian glimpse into a new biofuture. Photos. $25,000 ad/promo; author tour. (May)
William Beatty
The first three-quarters of this book looks at the visible elements of the problem. Kimbrell shows that human blood and body parts were first used externally, primarily as gifts, whereas now they are bought and sold as commodities. Baby-making has moved through husband and then donor insemination on to surrogate motherhood. Amniocentesis and genetic operations have led beyond the legitimate hope for a healthy baby to the fashionable desire for a bland and perfect baby. Steroids and human growth hormone are also becoming part of this trendy yearning, with little thought for the individuals who are directly involved. In the final quarter of his book, Kimbrell gets down to the real business: the damage being done by the uncontrolled actions of Adam Smith's free marketplace. We must no longer be ruled by the beliefs that the body is merely a mechanism or that we may aggressively market all of its parts--from genes to organs. Kimbrell concludes this thought-provoking volume with an outline of methods to counteract these two basic evils.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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