Societal Consequences of Human Genetic Engineering

Thank you to Marcel and Aidan who told me about the Genetics and Literature blog. Check it out as it has several posts that reference Gattaca and there is lots on genetic engineering, genetic discrimination, eugenics … and so on. Also material on other texts including Brave New World and Blade Runner.

Here’s an extract from a post on the societal consequences of human genetic engineering:

Section 15 of NOVA’s program, “Cracking the Code of Life,” utilises popular film and television scenarios to relate to its audience the potential possibilities of future genetic modification of humans. In a scene from GATTACA, the doctor explains the process of choosing “simply the best” of the two parents’ DNA to create their child in a petri dish. According to Francis Collins, former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and current director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), that technology is “right in front of us – or almost in front of us.”

Read more here.


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