2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
Will we oppose the insertion of engineered foreign (or even animal) genes fatal to bacteria and parasites or offering us increased resistance to cancer? Will we decline to make alterations in the immune system that will increase its efficacy or make it impervious to HIV? When genetic profiling becomes able to disclose the genetic contributions to height or memory or intelligence, will we deny prospective parents the right to enhance the potential of their children? Finally, should we discover -- as no doubt we will -- the genetic switches that control our biological clock and that very likely also influence also the maximum human life expectancy, will we opt to keep our hands off the rate of aging or our natural human lifespan? Not a chance.