The central figures in the push for a techno-eugenic future
to receive favorable treatment in the mainstream media. Here's
o In a special issue of Time magazine, "Beyond 2000"
1999), Lee Silver adopts a whimsical tone to fantasize a marketing
campaign for germline engineering by the "St. Genevieve"
clinic in the year 2025 (pages 68-69). The advertising pitch
Silver imagines is called "Organic Enhancement" because
molecules added to embryos are totally organic" and "all-natural."
Silver even writes the text for the clinic-of-the-near-future's
page: "[K]eep in mind, you must act before you get pregnant.
be sorry after she's born. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for your child-to-be."
o Among the many other turn-of-the-millenium articles on the
of human genetic technology was one called "A Small Leap
Babies" by Sheryl Gay Stolberg (New York Times, January
page 7). Stolberg includes short quotes from critics of human
germline engineering Ruth Hubbard and Paul Billings, but gives
more space to Gregory Stock, Lee Silver, and W. French Anderson.
o In March, an Associated Press article by Daniel Q. Haney
in newspapers across the country. The CNN Interactive version
titled "Scientists Predict Another Hard Choice for Parents:
Babies' Genes" (March 6, 2000); the Baltimore Sun called
Babies' Just Genes Away" (March 15, 2000). The article
quotes Gregory Stock, Lee Silver, and John Campbell; it presents
critics of human germline manipulation only Thomas Friedmann
Huntington Willard, both of whom are actually active advocates.
Willard and Friedmann are quoted saying that it will take longer
to perfect designer-baby technology than Stock, Silver, and
o A New York Times op-ed piece by Lee Silver (March 16, 2000)
that there's nothing wrong with private ownership of the human
"In truth, no geneticist can deny that the secrets of the
will serve mankind [sic] most fully through the profit-motivated
efforts of pharmaceutical and biotech companies," Silver