Toward a New Human Species?

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Science  07 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5574, pp. 1807-1809
DOI: 10.1126/science.1072667

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Redesigning Humans Our Inevitable Genetic Future. Gregory Stock. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 2002. 287 pp. $24. ISBN 0-618-06026-X.

Our Posthuman Future Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. Francis Fukuyama. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2002. 270 pp. $25, C$39.95. ISBN 0-374-23643-7.

Stock and Fukuyama offer dramatically different perspectives on how humans may be changed by the application of recent and forthcoming developments in biotechnology. Fukuyama focuses on social and political outcomes and argues against severe restrictions on genetic engineering. Stock believes that public pressures are likely to continue the trend toward choosing the embryo's genes.

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