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Human

On page 94, Perowne takes a look at Baxter and assumes that what he sees is all he needs to know.  “Here’s biological determinism in its purest form.  More than forty repeats of that one little codon, and you’re doomed.  Your future is fixed and easily foretold.”  When I read this passage, I thought to […] Continue reading

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Ignorance is bliss

While watching the Island and I couldn’t help but think, “wow, they all seem so happy.”  The characters just had one job, which was to be able to harvest their organs in the weekly lottery when the time came.  If we all had only one concern, one thing to think about and not need to […] Continue reading

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5000 dollars

In “Gattaca,” the one deleted scene that stood out to me the most was at the point of 5:30 in the video of the deleted scenes below “I can also attempt to insert sequences associated with enhanced mathematical or musical ability.” This series of sequences was worth a pretty penny of 5000 dollars.   Imagine […] Continue reading

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How much can we change? How much should we change?

In “Cracking the Code,” words such as instruction book, blueprint, and manual are used in order to describe a DNA molecule.  The program repeatedly states that the DNA can be “read,” as if it is some sort of book.  One bioethist, George Annas, refers to the DNA molecule as a future diary because the information […] Continue reading

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