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Richard Hayes: "In the Pipeline: Genetically Modified Humans?"

Genetic Crossroads
February 4th, 2000

From Multinational Monitor, Jan/February2000 <http://www.essential.org/monitor>

"Scientists have long speculated that parents would someday
be able

to genetically engineer their children for appearance, physical
and

mental abilities, or other traits of choice. For most people
these

predictions have seemed so far in the future, or so patently

repugnant, that they didn't need to be taken very seriously.
Such

complacency is no longer possible. Well below the radar screen
of

both the general public and policy makers, a concerted campaign
is

underway to perfect and justify the technologies that would
allow

the engineering of `designer babies.'


"Supporters of the techno-eugenic future are working diligently
on

a number of fronts to advance their cause. The broad strategy

includes the continued development of genetic manipulation

technologies, mobilization of a credible and vocal minority
of the

public to actively embrace and call for a techno-eugenic future,

and persuading the majority of the public that attempts to restrict

the use of human genetic technologies would be an infringement
of

individual rights."



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