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March 19, 2008

Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice

JAMA. 2008;299(11):1368-1369. doi:10.1001/jama.299.11.1368

No language is more controlling and precise than the one scribed in life's blueprint—DNA. Contemplate the power and efficiency of a biochemical alphabet capable of communicating vast amounts of information despite being limited to only 4 nucleotide letters: A, C, T, and G. Scientists have generally been content with their role as readers of this molecular language but increasingly dream of becoming editors and maybe even authors. Creation, though, comes with a hefty price tag. Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice weighs the potential promise and peril of genetic engineering.

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