Brunetto Chiarelli

Dr. Brunetto Chiarelli received his degree in Natural Sciences and Biology from the University of Florence in 1958. In 1961., after two-year stay at the Institute of Genetics of Pavia, he was nominated as professor at the University of Turin where up to 1979. he taught Anthropology, Primatology and Human Ecology . In 1979. he moved to the chair of Anthropology in Florence. From 1970. to 1975. he was a Visiting Prof. at the University of Toronto, where he taught Human Evolution and, as expert of human cytogenetics and genetics, took part in the UNESCO project the “Human Adaptability”, on the Eskimo population of Igloolik. He was past President of the European Anthropological Association, and present President of the European Association of Global Bioethics. He is the author of 400 scientific publications concerning problems of genetics, cytogenetics, Primate taxonomy and evolution, biology of present and past human population, and Bioethics. Chiarelli is currently editor in chief for following journals: “ Human Evolution”; “International Journal of Anthropology” and for “Global Bioethics”, a specific journal dealing with the human impact on Nature.

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Two new factor have been added to the ideological change in the second half of the past century: the “ecological impact” of humankind on the environment due to the population increase; and the “ innovative impact of science, first with atomic physics, which introduced the scission of the fundamental unit of matter, the atom, and then witch molecular biology, which led to the decoding of genetic information and intervention of biological engineering that annihilate our concepts of individual and species as fundamental units in biology. This stage of fundamental rethinking is however overshadowed by the threat of ecological disaster and catastrophic population increase, which not only impose limits to development, but undermine the very survival of Humankind. The future survival our species in fact depends on the interaction between its reproductive characteristics and the productivity of the territory, which, even if increased by the intellectual capability of the human brain, has intrinsically limits. The adaptive choices (which are also biotechnological and biomedical) of the interaction between human population and the natural ambience is the conceptual basis of the new discipline “Global Bioethics”.

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