The Real Meaning of Genetics


Published on July 11, 2005

The New Atlantis, Number 9, Summer 2005, pp. 29-41.

For years, commentators and experts have looked to the genetic future with fear and trembling or euphoria and optimism. But in fact, the significance of the genetic age will likely be more subtle, if no less profound, than the dream and nightmare of genetic engineering. Eric Cohen provides an ethical overview of modern genetics—looking at what it means for human self-understanding, for therapy and cures, and for how we see life, death, and procreation.

(Click here to read this entire article from the Summer 2005 issue of The New Atlantis.)


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