Design-A-Kid

Article by Bill McKibben

“People will be inclined to give their children those skills and traits that align with their own temperaments and lifestyles,” writes Gregory Stock, an apostle of human genetic engineering who heads the program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA. “A devout individual may want his child to be even more religious and resistant to …

Designer Children: The Market World of Reproductive Choice

Article by Ted Peters

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technology. By John A. Robertson. Princeton University Press, 296 pp., $29.95. The explosion of progress in reproductive technologies is creating new choices in baby-making. Fertile women can stop baby-making with Norplant, RU486 or abortion, while infertile couples can make babies with the help of artificial …

Genethics: Implications of the Human Genome Project

Article by Ann Lammers and Ted Peters

The human Genome Initiative, begun modestly in 1988, will expand to a $200 million-a-year project by 1993 and continue into the next century. To the scientific-minded, this effort to understand the human genetic package is exploding with excitement. To the cautious naysayers, however, it entangles us in a net of unsolvable ethical and legal conundrums. …

Slippery Slope: Medical Technology and the Human Future

Article by Daniel Callahan

Book Review: Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge of Bioethics. By Leon R. Kass. Encounter, 300 pp. When people remember the l960s they usually think of Vietnam, cultural upheaval and assorted liberation movements. But the ‘60s should also be remembered as the time when postwar medical technology blossomed. The decade witnessed the …

The Religious Response to Reproductive Technology

Article by Arthur L. Greil

The controversial "Baby M" case and the recent Vatican document on "respect for human life and its origins" have prompted many in the religious world to face the ethical issues raised by the new reproductive technologies. Our understanding of the relationship between sex and procreation has been challenged by heretofore unimagined methods of reproduction. The …