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Biotechnology: our slippery slope?

Should we be afraid of tampering with human nature?

Dear Francis

18th March 2002

The current dispute about cloning is a proxy for broader fears about the new technologies emerging from our unravelling of human biology. Critics like yourself imagine that if we can stop cloning, we can head off possibilities like human “enhancement.” But as we decipher our biology we learn to modify ourselves-and we will do so. No laws will stop this.

Embryo selection, for example, is feasible in thousands of labs around the world. Any attempt to block it will increase the potential dangers of the technology by driving it out of sight and depriving…

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