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Gattaca “What is genetic engineering, after all, but preemptive plastic surgery? Make the child perfect in the test tube, and save money later.” ~ Roger Ebert "Imagine a society where everyone is more intelligent and healthier than you. Imagine a society where your genetic makeup-engineered or natural-determines the job for which you are eligible, whether or not you can be insured, and who associates with you. “-Dave Rettig At a time when we read about cloned sheep and the unraveling of the human genome, the science in Gattaca is theoretically possible. In the futuristic world of Gattaca, society has developed the technology to manipulate human procreation and design children with impeccable genetic compositions. When parents can order “perfect” babies, will they? Would you take your chances on a throw of the genetic dice, or order up the make and model you wanted? How many people are prepared to buy a car at random from the universe of all available cars? That is how many, I suspect, would opt to have natural children. Everyone will live longer and healthier in the Gattacan world. As a result, a new social caste system is created in which the artificially created, genetically superior humans, called "valids", dominate all major aspects of society. In contrast, the naturally born humans, called "invalids", become a mistreated minority. Although all aspects of society are affected by the new...
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