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Narcissus At The Gene Pool, Ruth C. Stern Jan 2011

Narcissus At The Gene Pool, Ruth C. Stern

Ruth C Stern

In the new eugenics, the end of our species as we know it is eagerly anticipated. We are fast approaching an evolutionary dead end and only the miracles of genetic engineering will save us from extinction. But while the new eugenicists approach these innovations with joy and optimism, many others look to them with dread and repugnance. This essay examines reprogenetics from the viewpoints of its most ardent advocates and its most damning critics. The kind of future we envision says much about who we are today, and whether we will embrace or condemn these new possibilities. . Further, if these ...