The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics

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This book looks at both the past and the future of the debate over whether there are moral limits to scientific progress and what life will look like in the genetic age.

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William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard. Widely considered one of the nation's leading political analysts and commentators, Kristol regularly appears on major television public affairs shows. Eric Cohen is a resident scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center

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That a leading Republican strategist--Kristol--has coedited a volume of essays on genetic engineering says much about how deeply politics has come to affect the biological sciences. For though a few of the contributors claim bona fides as scientists, most come to the issue, like Kristol himself, with political credentials. A few voices speak from the left (Laurence Tribe and Tom Harkin), but most of the contributors sit on the right: George W. Bush, Orrin Hatch, and other Republican notables. But this conservative choir lapses into dissonance on some fundamental questions, especially those pertaining to stem-cell research. Even more pronounced cacophonies emerge as various conservative journalists and business leaders add their voices, some invoking religious and moral absolutes to oppose experimentation with human genes, others appealing to libertarian economics to advocate a new capitalism of genetic innovation. To their credit, the editors acknowledge and even highlight this rift. As a result, this compilation will attract not only those struggling to understand the ethical debate over bioscience but also those trying to predict the political fortunes of the Republican right. Bryce Christensen
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