The New Biology

Law, Ethics, and Biotechnology

  • George P. SmithII

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 223-303

About this book

Introduction

Improvement of man's genetic endowment by direct ac­ tions 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 pri­ mary 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 im­ proved 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 suf­ fering become an inescapable given. By and through the development and application of new scientific advances in the field of genetics (and especially genetic engi­ neering), the real potential exists to prevent, to a very vii Preface viii real extent, most human suffering before it ever mani­ fests 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 nur­ tured and maintained. The search for the truth inevi­ tably 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.

Keywords

Design Nation Religion biotechnology ethics law quality of life

Authors and affiliations

  • George P. SmithII
    • 1
  1. 1.The Catholic University of America School of LawUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0803-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0805-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0803-2
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