Selected Readings

Bridges vol. 40, July 2014 / Selected Readings

A selection of recent noteworthy publications in science, technology, education and innovation policy, and related areas.


Adapting for the Global Diplomatic ArenaAdapting for the Global Diplomatic Arena 

By Shanthi Kalathil
Aspen Institute, 2014

As social networks and mobile technologies become increasingly popular among private citizens and the public, the use of technology will continue to alter the landscape of diplomacy. "Adapting for the Global Diplomatic Arena: A Report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology," written by Dialogue rapporteur Shanthi Kalathil, captures the contrasting diplomatic approaches by the US and China in the context of Southeast Asia. It also provides recommendations for policy makers and diplomatic communities.


The Manipulated Evolution: How the genetic code of our society changed

By Thomas Böhm
Braumüller, 2014

Winner of Austria’s "Science Book of the Year 2014" in the category Medical/Biology, this book looks at our present behavior as having serious consequences for the future. Such consequences have deeply impacted the human blueprint, the genome.

Dr. Thomas Böhm has worked in cancer research at the IMP in Vienna and at Harvard Medical School in Boston. After several years in a biotech company focused on the treatment of infectious diseases, he returned to the Medical University of Vienna, where he worked in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology.

Böhm takes the issue of genetic evolution and views it as crucial in its impact on human life. The book asks and looks into questions such as: Are resistant bacteria a danger to our "genetic health"? To what extent did medical procedures such as chemotherapy cause changes in our genome? How is it possible that certain individuals survive HIV infection without any problems? A better understanding of these relationships, evolution, medicine, and health can help us to rethink our behavior and thus avoid illness and suffering in future generations. Böhm discusses the implications that the changes in our behavior can have on human genetics. He looks into its commonly understood place in medical-scientific, social, and ethical levels and thus has formulated a whole new topic.