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The New Biology: Law, Ethics, and Biotechnology


The New Biology: Law, Ethics, and Biotechnology



Improvement of man's genetic endowment by direct ac­tions aimed at striving for the positive propagation of those with a superior genetic profile (an element of which is commonly recognized as a high intelligence quotient) or-conversely-delimitation of those with negative genetic inheritance has always remained a pri­mary concern of the geneticist and the social engineer. Genetic integrity, eugenic advancement, and a strong genetic pool designed to eliminate illness and suffering have been the benchmarks of the "Genetic Movement" and the challenge of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. If the quality of life can in some way be either im­proved or advanced by use of the law, then this policy must be developed and pursued. No longer does the Dostoyevskian quest to give life meaning through suf­fering become an inescapable given. By and through the development and application of new scientific advances in the field of genetics (and especially genetic engi­neering), the real potential exists to prevent, to a very vii Preface viii real extent, most human suffering before it ever mani­fests itself in or through life. Freedom to undertake re­ search in the exciting and fertile frontiers of the "New Biology" and to master the Genetic Code must be nur­tured and maintained. The search for the truth inevi­tably prevents intellectual, social, and economic stag­ nation, as well as-ideally-frees all from anxiety and fright. Yet, there is a very real potential for this quest to confuse and confound.



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Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Law | Medical Jurisprudence

The New Biology: Law, Ethics, and Biotechnology