This constitutional cloud-cuckoo-land

From: J Corbally (
Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 16:44:15 MST

Just found this article;,,256-72761,00.html

While much of it is about various issues other than Extropian/>Human
interests, he really hits the nail on the head about half way down. eg;

>But speaker after speaker on Monday cautioned that this branch of medical
>research was going "too far, too fast", straying from what Lord Habgood
>called "its original moral justification". For whom does medicine go too fast?

>However wrong it may seem to some, genetic therapy will soon become a
>matter of lifstyle choice. One day identical twins will be created, and be
>seen as no different from natural ones (which are clones). People will
>store their eggs, their sperm, their brain cells. They will want new
>organs, transplanted or cloned. And there will always be money in it.
>Much medicine is distasteful, as much medicine is misguided. But I cannot
>see any "slippery slope", except towards the cure of disease and the
>improvement of the human condition.

For what's a generally conservative newspaper, I'm pretty impressed with
this Simon Jenkins.



"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and
crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures
to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
-Q, Star Trek:TNG episode 'Q Who'

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