Letters: Oct. 4, 1999

SMART GENES?

What price are we going to pay for giving this Viagra of the mind to our children [THE I.Q. GENE?, Sept. 13]? I'm not talking about the financial burden involved in genetically making kids smarter. What about the well-being of a child? Will children suddenly seem as if they are 40 when they are really 14? How about the mental stress that so many of today's geniuses complain of? Are we solving a problem for our children (was there one in the first place?), or are we only creating problems tenfold? EMIL VON MALTITZ, AGE 19 Buckhorn, Canada

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