Monday, April 07, 2003

dystopia update
Natalie Angier in the Times Book Review
So when I read Robert Lanza, the vice president of Advanced Cell Technology, proclaiming in ''Enough'' that ''we're close to being able to add 20 to 30 points to your baby's IQ,'' I feel a surge of annoyance. Oh yeah? Like the ''smart'' genetically engineered Doogie (for Doogie Howser) mouse, which runs mazes well but turns out to suffer from chronic pain? Like the children who recently were ''cured'' of their immune disorder through gene therapy, but were given leukemia in the process? Hey, let's create a kid with a really good memory! Too bad he keeps remembering his nightmares.

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