Designing Humans: How gene editing can bring back old evils and alter the course of human evolution, Andy Renmei
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Designing Humans: How gene editing can bring back old evils and alter the course of human evolution

Author: Andy Renmei

Narrator: Martin John

Unabridged: 34 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Findaway Voices

Published: 05/05/2021

Genre: Social Science - Future Studies

Includes: Bonus Material

Synopsis

This short read analyses gene editing as a revolutionary new technology that could enable the design of new 'ideal' humans.

What traits would be desirable? 

This kind of question links back to eugenic ideas that were popular in Europe in the early 1920s. Using visual communication and design references, 'Designing Humans' critiques past eugenic propaganda and speculates on its possible come back once genome editing enters the biotech market.

Will the ideology that dictates human 'fitness' gain momentum once the technology that allows its implementation becomes widely available?

This book raises ethical questions that might become part of mainstream consciousness in years to come and points out the role of communication and language in helping create (or avoid) a potentially dystopian future.

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