Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Genetics

Genetic testing is revolutionising our sense of identity. Even now it doesn't strikes us as strange to hear someone say "I just can't help being overweight: it's in my genes". In the future, however, the full knowledge of our genetic identity will give us (and potentially insurance companies, employers, the State and who knows who else) an indication of the likely manner and timing of our death. How will society function in light of this powerful knowledge? What new legal and ethical frameworks will be needed to face this challenge?

Recommended reading: Masha Gessen's story and the New Scientist article on genetic testing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's always the little jew, unaccounted of...the cripple with the magic voice, or the retarded with the special talent...
Genius are always unadapted people.

J.