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Genome Editing Animals and the Promise of Control in a (Post-) Anthropocentric World


Kelz,  Rosine
IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam;

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Kelz, R. (2020): Genome Editing Animals and the Promise of Control in a (Post-) Anthropocentric World. - Body & society, 26, 1, 3-25.

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Gene editing tools are ‘revolutionizing’ microbiological research. Much of the public debate focuses on the possibility of human germ line applications. The use of genome editing to alter non-human animals, however, will have more immediate impacts on our daily lives. Genome edited animals are used for basic biological and biomedical research and could soon play a role in the livestock industry and ecosystem management. Genome editing thus provides an occasion to rethink societal narratives about the relationships between humans and other animals. Even though the technique can be easily incorporated as an example into a conventional storyline about the development of the modern life sciences as striving for control over nature, it can also help to highlight the anthropocentric biases expressed in these narratives and demonstrate the continuities between humans and other animals.