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In The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood uses genetic engineering to represent both the dangers and the marvels of scientific progress and how its unrestrained use perpetuates the society of corporate greed in which her characters liveThe Crakers or blue people are a new type of human created by Crake which have been made to prevent in the future many of the problems of the dystopia that Atwood creates They are intelligent enough to create and maintain a society but not intelligent enough to make it technologically advanced They have also been engineered to have mating cycles which allows for the repopulation but not overpopulation of the world and to choose to mate on the basis of who is in season rather than risk the potential for infighting caused by mating because of romantic inclinations Atwood 412 Crakers are also herbivores which will ensure that the animals on the planet will not be exploited or driven to extinction Their development after the waterless flood has been engineered to take a different direction than humanitys previous one and to help fix the planet In this case genetic engineering is used for the good of the planet even if most of the people on the earth had to be murdered before the Crakers could inherit itOn the delicate carrot fronds she finds two bright-blue kudzu-moth caterpillars Though developed as a biological control for invasive kudzu they seem to prefer garden vegetables Atwood 16 This is an extreme form of a practice used today where species from other continents are imported to counteract a native plant or animal problem In The Year of the Flood species are created to fix these problems rather than imported To meet the need for a weed control they create a new gene splice Unlike the kudzu-moth caterpillars many of the gene splices are created without a purpose that furthers any kind of current need For example rakunks were meshed specifically for
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