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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

There is No Stop Button in the Race for Human Re-Engineering

Published on Monday, January 30, 2006 by the Guardian/UK 
Science will soon give some of us the tools to make ourselves cleverer and stronger. What will it mean for our humanity?
by Madeleine Bunting
My daughter is 10. Fast forward 25 years, and she is having her first child - early by the standards of all her friends, but she's keen on "natural". Of course, she did pre- implementation genetic diagnosis, and she and her husband (yes, very old fashioned, they married) had some agonizing days deciding on whether to modify a genetic predisposition to depression and whether to splice in a gene for enhanced intelligence. In the end, they felt they had no option but to give their baby the best possible start in life.
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