How Identity Evolves in the Age of Genetic Imperialism

March 15, 2015 — Leave a comment

by Eleonore Pauwels and Jim Dratwa

Published in Scientific American, March 13, 2015,

From designer babies to women whose genitals smell like peaches, 2014 graced us with a taste of the hope, hype and superficiality of business as usual in Silicon Valley. It is tempting to listen to those who tell us that there is a gene-hack to solve every “problem”—that DNA is just a code to personalize at will.

This brand of genetic determinism has invaded all realms of life, from our dating scene to our social networks…Read more


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