When responsible genetics turns into irresponsible eugenics

A comment in this week’s New Scientist (Nov 4) by Paul Billings, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California and Chair of the Council for Responsible Genetics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ostensibly analysing Proposition 71 (California’s Stem Cell Research and Cures Act), concludes with the spine-chilling sentence:

‘If the new laws result in one woman shunning screening, or the avoidable birth of a severely disabled child, the state and its people will be the losers.’

CORE reiterates its opinion that the new genetics is too often simply old eugenics with new white coats and better expertise. Discrimination against the disabled has never been more virulent.

Read the article in New Scientist

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