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Biotechnology could be a tool of evolutionary improvement

By Geoff Mulgan   June 2002

With the publication of his article “The End of History” in 1989, Francis Fukuyama, then a little- known official in the US state department, suddenly became one of the world’s most influential writers. His account, in what later became a book, of the end of the cold war as the triumph of liberal capitalism was perfectly timed and artfully constructed. Since then successive books on trust and social order have maintained Fukuyama’s reputation for combining cogent argument with a sound use of social science and a sharp sense of how to make ideas newsworthy.

The End of History attracted an…

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