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Inheritable Genetic Modification and a Brave New World: Did Huxley Have It Wrong?

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  • MARK S. FRANKEL

    1. Mark S. Frankel directs the Program on Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
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Abstract

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.

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