31 October, 2020

'I Would Say Gender Selection Is Really A Dysgenics Project'

Pulitzer Prize-winning oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee on genetics and the future of the human race

Photograph by Sanjay Rawat
'I Would Say Gender Selection Is Really A Dysgenics Project'

Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first book on cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, was a medical book, a literary work and a thriller all rolled into one. Just when it seemed it would be tough to surpass, the top oncologist has come up with another stunner, this time on The Gene. The book traces the history of genetics in a manner only Mukherjee can achieve, and raises many disturbing questions about the future of the human race. Would humans soon be not like as we know them? Mukherjee answers this and other questions in a telephonic conversation from Massachusetts with Satish Padmanabhan. Exerpts:

All along the book, it seems that genetics is interfering with the natural order, the way we were meant to be, with all our infirmities, our diseases. Is that what you think?

It’s more complicated than that. There are some great advantages that can come about of these technologies, the ability to eliminate diseases that have extraordinary suffering and it is obviously something...



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