Genetics: The Improvement of Man

"The most striking advance in the biological sciences in this century has been the cracking of the genetic code." After that ringing statement, Pediatrician Robert E. Cooke's address at the 75th anniversary celebration of Baltimore's prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital took on a different tone: "The application of these findings to man's improvement has resulted in a negative contribution." No man could have been more anxious to see hope of positive gain in the genetic findings. Dr. Cooke, 43, has two children handicapped by mental retardation, some forms of which are now known to be linked with genetic abnormalities.

Dr. Cooke explained...

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