- Biophysicist Gregory Stock, author of several books on biotechnology and our future, and a participant in Extropy Institute’s Biotech Futures conference in 1999, has examined in depth genetic engineering as a crucial technology for the biological path to transhumanist2 goals. (Others emphasize pathways based on information technology or nanotechnology.)
- In an excerpt from his 2002 book. Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future, Stock asks whether there must be a battle over the use of technologies such as germline manipulation and in-depth embryo3 diagnosis.
- Stock contends that the discussion about human enhancement is not about medical safety, the wellbeing of children, or protecting the human gene pool; it's really about "about what it means to be human, about our vision of the human future."
- That is why critics like Leon Kass, formerly on the President's Council for Bioethics, urges "the wisdom of repugnance" more than he relies on specific, fact-based arguments.
Footnote 1: Taken from "More (Max) & Vita-More (Natasha) - Transhumanism: Biopolitics and Policy - Introduction".
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