Human Genetic Intervention: Portent of a Brave New World?

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 1 (1-2):103-121 (1989)
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The centerpiece of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is state control of the human reproduction process as a means of ensuring social stability. Although written as fiction, recent advances in human genetic and reproductive technology promise to give us more control over our biological destiny, including procreation. Concurrently, they create new social policy dilemmas, challenge prevailing "givens" of the human condition, and, technologically, increase the possibility of centralized control over reproduction. After reviewing the current status of human genetic technology and discussing its use in the United States, this article analyzes the implications of these innovations for the future.



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