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Two tiers for the future

The use of genetic technology in conceiving and improving humans, combined with the costs of such treatments, may produce a class of genetic aristocrats. Lee M Silver imagines the United States 300 years from now

By Lee M Silver   February 1998

It is 300 years from now: the US still exists, but it is a very different place. The most striking difference is that the polarisation of society which began in the 1980s has now reached its logical conclusion, with the whole population belonging to one of two classes. The people of one class are referred to as Naturals. Those in the second class are called the Gene-enriched or simply the GenRich.

These new social classes cut across what used to be traditional racial and ethnic lines. In fact, so much racial mixing has occurred during the last 300 years that…

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