Inheritable Genetic Modification and a Brave New World: Did Huxley Have It Wrong?
Version of Record online: 6 MAR 2012
2003 The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 31–36, March-April 2003
How to Cite
FRANKEL, M. S. (2003), Inheritable Genetic Modification and a Brave New World: Did Huxley Have It Wrong?. Hastings Center Report, 33: 31–36. doi: 10.2307/3528152
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What makes inheritable genetic modification attractive is not its ability to treat disease, but its capacity, someday, to enhance human traits beyond what mere good health requires. But, these discoveries will not be imposed on us by government, as Huxley thought. If they take over our lives, it will be because they were sold to us on the open market, as commodities we cannot do without.