‘GMO sapiens’ book explores future of human genetic modification

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I’ve written a new book on human genetic modification called GMO Sapiens: The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies.

The title was chosen as a portmanteau (mashup) of GMO and Homo sapiens.

Why write a book on human genetic modification?

The science in this area has changed dramatically and both the wider scientific community and the public need to know what is going on so that they can participate in the dialogue.

Unlike in past decades, today the possibility of heritable human genetic modification is very real. Based on all that we now know it is reasonable to predict that someone will attempt to create genetically modified people (aka designer babies) in coming years. The results could be great or disastrous, but in either case (or probably more likely some mixture of the two) the outcomes are going to be revolutionary.

Are we ready for what may come next? How will this affect individuals and society as a whole?

More thinking, discussion, and transparency are urgently needed. The goal of this upcoming book is to move in a constructive direction by educating and stimulating debate as well as dialogue.

Read full, original post: GMO Sapiens book teaser: time to talk frankly on human genetic modification

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