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EDITORS' NOTE

Genetic Crossroads
February 21st, 2001



In just the six weeks since the last issue of Genetic Crossroads,
the

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
of

these events that you may not have seen elsewhere.


This is a dangerous moment, but also a time of opportunity. Many
who

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
more

and more people engage the threat of a techno-eugenic future with
their

hearts and their minds, we can begin to gather and grow the collective


wisdom and strength we will need to reject it.

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