In "The Moral Meaning of Genetic Technology," Commentary,
September 1999, Leon R. Kass writes:
"[U]nless we mobilize the courage to look foursquare at
human meaning of our new enterprise in biogenetic technology
engineering, we are doomed to become its creatures if not its
slaves. Important though it is to set a moral boundary here,
devise a regulation there, hoping to decrease the damage caused
by this or that little rivulet, it is even more important to
sober about the true nature and meaning of the flood itself.
"That our exuberant new biologists and their technological
might be persuaded of this is, to say the least, highly unlikely.
But it is not too late for the rest of us to become aware of
dangers—not just to privacy or insurability, but to our
humanity. So aware, we might be better able to defend the
increasingly beleaguered vestiges and principles of our human
dignity, even as we continue to reap the considerable benefits
that genetic technology will inevitably provide."
Kass's essay is included in the forthcoming The Moral Boundaries
of Genetic Technology, Clarisa Long, ed., AEI Press.