Science: The Biology of Individuality

Human law has historically been based on philosophy, on theology, or on the imperatives of community life. French Biologist Jean Rostand founds his concept of the law on the biology of the human being. He argues* that modern science is rapidly changing human biology and that the laws affecting it must change too.

"The law," says Rostand, "was constructed by and for a certain living species whose reproduction is sexual, whose two sexes are separate and about equal in number, whose fertilization is internal, whose period of gestation is about nine months. The sex of the infants of this species is recognizable...

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