by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In the film Gattaca, a couple desiring to have a child visits their neighborhood geneticist:
Geneticist: You have specified hazel eyes, dark hair and fair skin. I’ve taken the liberty of eradicating any potentially prejudicial conditions. Premature baldness, myopia… alcoholism and addictive susceptibility… propensity for violence, obesity, etc.
Marie Freeman: We didn’t want… Diseases, yes, but– [looks at Antonio]
Antonio Freeman: We were just wondering if it’s good to leave a few things to chance?
Geneticist: We want to give your child the best possible start.
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