Monday, April 14, 2008

Prof. Green on Genetic Engineering

Professor Ron Green has an Op-Ed in the Post about the future of genetic engineering. Here is his conclusion:
Genomic science is racing toward a future in which foreseeable improvements include reduced susceptibility to a host of diseases, increased life span, better cognitive functioning and maybe even cosmetic enhancements such as whiter, straighter teeth. Yes, genetic orthodontics may be in our future. The challenge is to see that we don't also unleash the demons of discrimination and oppression. Although I acknowledge the risks, I believe that we can and will incorporate gene technology into the ongoing human adventure.
The piece coincides with a book he recently released called Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice. The book is reviewed in the upcoming issue of The Dartmouth Review. Look for it.

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