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DER SPIEGEL COVER STORY

Genetic Crossroads
October 4th, 1999


"Hitler, Neitsche, Dolly and the new Philosophical Struggle:


Genetically Modified Superhumans."


The September 27, 1999 issue of Der Spiegel (issue 39) contains


the fullest recent account of the socio-politics of the new


techno-eugenics. The story highlights the German philosopher


Peter Sloterdijk, who has gained notoriety for arguing in favor


of using genetic engineering to create a new race of "improved"


human beings.


The article discusses the Princeton "smart mouse,"
the history

of eugenics in the US and Germany, the Nobel Sperm Bank in

California, Gregory Stock of UCLA ("Es gibt keinen Weg,
diese

Technik aufzuhalten"), Ian Wilmut, Lee Silver, Francis
Fukuyama,

W. French Anderson, Martin Heidegger, the complicity of the


bioethics profession and more. It links growing support for
a

techno-eugenic future with the perceived failure of Habermasean


social democratic humanism.


We would like to prepare a translation. Any volunteers?



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