Are your genes in your gonads?

From: Max More (
Date: Thu Feb 22 2001 - 01:36:33 MST

Amusing anecdote from Ronald Bailey's latest dispatch from the AAAS meeting:

Craig Venter recounted a story from University of Pennsylvania bioethicist
Arthur Caplan. Caplan testified before the Pennsylvania legislature on some
proposed anti-cloning legislation. Caplan decided to poll the assembled
lawmakers and asked them, Where did they think their genomes were located?
One third of the solons replied that it was in their brains, one third
thought it was in their gonads, and one third had no idea. Can we really
trust these sorts of people in Congress to make sensible laws governing
fast-moving, new technologies?



Max More, Ph.D. or
President, Extropy Institute.
Senior Content Architect, ManyWorlds Inc.:

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