Frankenstein in the Land of Dichter and Denker

Science  03 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5446, pp. 1859-1860
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5446.1859

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The close association of Nazi ideology with the language of biology still hangs like a shadow over any discussion of the implications of modern biology and biotechnology in Germany. In the latest round of public uproar against genetic technology, philosopher Peter Sloterdijk's paper, "Rules for the human farm," has been widely attacked. It would be in the interest of scientists to recapture the position they once had in German intellectual life, which is now dominated by philosophers, social scientists, and commentators more concerned with ideological agendas and the horrors of history than with biotechnological realities.