In the novel Oryx and Crake, discuss how advancing in technology may/will lead to the downfall of society.

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This novel, as with the majority of Atwood's dystopian novels, certainly has something very profound to say about the possible future we face based on where we are now. Atwood presents us with a terrifying world where scientific advances have led to horrific blending or splicing of genes, and thus the creation of new species. In addition, science has advanced so far that it is possible to create a virus that is capable of wiping out humanity. Although in the novel the end of humanity is achieved as part of a deliberate, calculated plan by Crake to wipe out humanity and replace it with his own race, we are presented with an incredibly unstable world where scientific advances are rapidly outstripping morals and values, and where one simple mistake could easily unleash a number of issues or problems on the world. Atwood paints a very bleak picture of our future and points towards the dangers of rampant scientific advances without a secure framework.

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