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What ‘Bugs’ Genetic Engineers About Bioethics The consequences of genetic engineering as post-modern technology

The term ‘modernity’ was introduced by scholars to describe the emergence of the new age of industrial society which began around the mid-seventeenth century. It attempts to capture the notion of newness and of historical discontinuity (see, for example, Frisby 1985). As a concept, modernity has the dual purpose of both attempting to describe an historical event and acting as a heuristic device (Abrams 1982) to help the student of society to gain greater understanding of industrialism.