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The U.K. is gearing up to legalize reproductive technology that manipulates genes. It’s the beginning of a technological revolution that will have a transformative influence over culture ten times greater than the invention of the Pill.

This revolution will begin as a therapeutic imperative to forestall dire medical problems, as this initiative seeks to do. But as we know with abortion (health of the mother) and contraception (reproductive health), what begin as imperatives of health broaden into lifestyle imperatives. In this case the upshot will be designer babies for the rich who are preoccupied with the perfection of their children.

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