a story lives forever
Sign in
Form submission failed!

Stay signed in

Recover your password?
Form submission failed!

Web of Stories Ltd would like to keep you informed about our products and services.

Please tick here if you would like us to keep you informed about our products and services.

I have read and accepted the Terms & Conditions.

Please note: Your email and any private information provided at registration will not be passed on to other individuals or organisations without your specific approval.

Video URL

You must be registered to use this feature. Sign in or register.


The ethics of science


We are doing the best to eliminate ourselves
Jan Klein Scientist
Comments (0) Please sign in or register to add comments

Evolutionary success is in terms of persistence of a species, but we are doing the best to eliminate ourselves. We are cutting the branch on which we are sitting and unless we realize that, then I don't know how much worse it can get to... for people to come to reason.  But we have to try to convince them and show them biologically what we really are. That sure we have good brains and we have culture and we have everything else, but if we don't use those things for our better survival of the species, not for momentarily successes but for long-term survival, then we are in trouble.  And we are not smart, we are very stupid. So this lesson should be shown to people and for the religious it's unfortunate but we have to show them that yes, humans have evolved, are product of an evolution and not the product of a creation and therefore one should look at the human species in the context of everything else that's in nature and not as we are told by God that we can be the masters of nature and do with nature what we can... whatever we wish.

Born in 1936, Jan Klein is a Czech-American immunologist who co-founded the modern science of immunogenetics – key to understanding illness and disease. He is the author or co-author of over 560 scientific publications and of seven books including 'Where Do We Come From?' which examines the molecular evolution of humans. He graduated from the Charles University at Prague in 1955, and received his MS in Botany from the same school in 1958. From 1977 to his retirement in 2004, he was the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology at Tübingen, Germany.

Listeners: Colm O'hUigin

Colm O'hUigin is a senior staff scientist at the US National Cancer Institute. He received his BA, MSc and PhD at the Genetics Department of Trinity College, Dublin where he later returned as a lecturer. He has held appointments at the Center for Population and Demographic Genetics, UT Houston, and at the University of Cambridge. As an EMBO fellow, he moved in 1990 to the Max Planck Institute for Biology in Tübingen, Germany to work with Jan Klein and lead a research group studying the evolutionary origins of immune molecules, of teeth, trypanosomes and of species.

Duration: 1 minute, 54 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2005

Date story went live: 24 January 2008