Right-Wing Biological Dread

| December 21, 2001

Right-Wing Biological Dread: The Subhumans Are Coming! The Subhumans Are Coming!, Ronald Bailey, Reason magazine
Concerns among conservative intellectuals that strides in biotechnology could be manipulated to create a race of subhumans are unrealistic, according to Ronald Bailey in the libertarian magazine Reason. Current biotech research is aimed at finding therapeutic benefits for people, and many conservatives are misrepresenting experiments by 'spinning far darker versions' of studies. DNA -- human or animal -- is the chemical on which the code for how to make proteins is inscribed, and that's where the confusion lies. 'They are treating human DNA as though it were sacred,' Bailey says. 'Human DNA in a pig or a petunia will make a protein, not a human being.' And even if pig-boys and monkey-girls were to become a reality, Bailey says bioluddites are forgetting practical concerns, 'like the fact that mothers willing to bear 'subhuman slaves' in their wombs are likely to be scarce.'
--Kate Garsombke
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