In just the six weeks since the last issue of Genetic Crossroads,
prospect of human genetic manipulation has been catapulted to a far
higher public profile than ever before: The first transgenic primate.
Featured stories by major US magazines and television news shows about
covert human cloning efforts. The announcement of an immminent cloning
attempt by a pair of IVF clinic operators. New findings based on the
human genome sequence. The "Comments" below contain interpretations
these events that you may not have seen elsewhere.
This is a dangerous moment, but also a time of opportunity. Many
have dismissed the prospect of a genetically redesigned humanity as
fantasy will now consider it seriously. They will bring their moral
and political values to bear, deliberatively and strategically. As
and more people engage the threat of a techno-eugenic future with
hearts and their minds, we can begin to gather and grow the collective
wisdom and strength we will need to reject it.