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Dear Bryan,

We both agree that genetics is the issue of our age. Reading the human genome, understanding how genes work and how to manipulate them, will feed us massive draughts of new knowledge in the years ahead. This will affect the way we live and think. Where we seem to part company is over whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about the uses to which this knowledge will be put.

I cannot see why you are so pessimistic. You and I are the beneficiaries of past quests for biological knowledge. Thanks to vaccination and penicillin, we…

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