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Biotechnology and Genetic EngineeringHuman Genome ProjectVideo 1Video 2EugenicsVideo 1A Glimpse of Things to Come Lee Silver2010Embryonic manipulation and selectionoExamplesChoosing sexCombining chromosomes of same sex couples 2050Genetic enhancement2350Transhumanism oGattaca ArgumentoSpeciation based on social stratificationoGenRich vs NaturalsHuxley and Brave New WorldWikipediaBrave New World written in 1932 was first intended as a dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley Set in London in the 26th century the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology eugenics and hypnopdia that combine to change society The world it describes could in fact also be a utopia albeit an ironic one Humanity is carefree healthy and technologically advanced Warfare and poverty have been eliminated and everyone is permanently happy The irony is however that all of these things have been achieved by eliminating many thingsfamily cultural diversity art literature science religion and philosophy It is also a hedonistic society focused on deriving pleasure from promiscuous sex and drugsSilvers CritiqueHuxleys world is coming but reproductive control will not be in the hands of government or corporations but rather of individuals
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