Research Document 1

The following document was filed by J.S. Cambry (ABD), bioethics student on January 3, 2423

From An Introduction to Genetic Engineering: 1970-2420

It is difficult to fully comprehend the strides that have been made since the nascent years of genetic manipulation. The late 20th century saw the first forays into the field—alterations in appearance and predispositions for particular traits—but by the beginning of the 21st century, real, meaningful changes were being made in regards to human intelligence and creativity. Anderson James, the founder of GBI (Genetic Builders Industries), recalled these early days in his best-selling memoir:

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“In 2056, word finally got out about the so-called ‘designer-children’ we had been building. We ended up with an eighteenth month waiting list because, of course, people will do anything to ensure that their children are better than their neighbors’ children. Though GBI, like all genetic manipulators, could only guarantee a predisposition for particular traits, we, unlike our competitors, could boast a 90% success rate—which actually improved in the waning decades of the 21st century. Few, if any, of our customers were dissatisfied with our results. But, more importantly, we were able to usher into existence the next stage of human development. It was the best time of my life.”(1)

The genetic changes promoted and created by GBI and other companies resulted—perhaps inevitably—in the establishment of two human subgroups: Subgroup A, which followed an accelerated path of human evolution, and Subgroup B, which did not. Along with the physical differences that developed between these groups—As being significantly smaller and lighter—distinct speech patterns (and, later, languages), levels of intelligence, and modes of living made the cohabitation of these two groups impossible.(2) By the end of the 2100s, the two groups had separated entirely, thereby allowing each group to develop according to its appropriate and natural path.

new sticky 4(1) Anderson James, “GBI: Building the Future,” chapter six from Playing God. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2088). In later chapters, James explains how GBI actually built the foundation for the establishment of human subgroups.

(2) There were those who argued that this separation was not only wrong but also morally reprehensible. For examples of this see Nadine Rollo, “The Moral Dilemma of Human Separation” (The Atlantic, Sept. 2185), K.E. Garcia, “Human Separation: An Ethical Conundrum” (Ethics, Oct. 2186), and Herman Davidi, “No One Is Discussing the Theological Implications of Human Separation. Here’s Why” (Washington Post, Mar. 2189).

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