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November 4, 1974

Genetic Fix

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Chicago

JAMA. 1974;230(5):754. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240050074039

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The title of the book comes from the author's preoccupation with the knowledge that we can now tamper with our biological inheritance, fixing it where it went wrong and improving on it. His purpose is to focus on the individual's right to know of opportunities and their consequences, the right to be in on the decisions being thrust upon him, and his right to decide if he wishes to administer the genetic fix to himself, his next child and, with other individuals, to the nation's biological inheritance and future. Basing his thesis on the time-worn phrase that the consequences of scientific discovery are too important to be left in the control of the scientist, the author, with his prestigious colleagues, calls for an international commission to explore further the ethical and social issues raised by new and forthcoming developments in biology and medicine.

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