Spirit and Heredity
WHILE advances in genetic research hold great promise for increasing crop productivity and other benefits, there are other aspects of this work that have a grim message. As geneticists have analyzed our biological heritage, many have come to believe that certain proclivities--such as a tendency toward alcoholism, for example--are inherent in the genetic makeup of some people. This cruel theory would condemn us to be forever subject to the outbreak of disease or a failure to rise above moral lapses or antisocial behavior because our genes are flawed. Under the circumstances, it is not surprising that many people fear the implications of genetic research.
Yet there is an …
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Publication information: Article title: Spirit and Heredity. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: December 26, 1991. Page number: 17. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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