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In "Brave New World," what is the Bokanovsky Process?

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mariela2009 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2009 at 9:27 AM via web

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In "Brave New World," what is the Bokanovsky Process?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 5, 2009 at 10:19 PM (Answer #1)

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In the world of the novel, the Bokanovsky Process is a method of human reproduction in which a fertilized egg is split into identical genetic copies. Using this method, one egg can be split as many as 96 embryos. This process is applied only to Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon classes, however, in order to create a large working class. A factory could be completely staffed from the reproduction of just one egg.

Standard men and women; in uniform batches. The whole of a small factory staffed with the products of a single bokanovskified egg.

"Ninety-six identical twins working ninety-six identical machines!" The voice was almost tremulous with enthusiasm. "You really know where you are. For the first time in history." He quoted the planetary motto. "Community, Identity, Stability." Grand words. "If we could bokanovskify indefinitely the whole problem would be solved."

Solved by standard Gammas, unvarying Deltas, uniform Epsilons. Millions of identical twins. The principle of mass production at last applied to biology.

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