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Vol. 15:2 (2009) BOOK REVIEWS Indeed, he supports enhancing individuals in almost any desired way. And it is not only morally defensible to enhance individuals, Harris says. In some cases, it is morally obligatory. Whether one looks upon biotechnology with hope, fear, or a little of both, Enhancing Evolution makes a case for it that no one can ignore. Heredity and Hope: The Case for Genetic Screening Ruth Schwartz Cowan H A R VA R D U N I V E R S I T Y P R E S S , 2 0 0 8 , 3 0 4 PAG E S , H A R D CO V E R , I S B N : 13 - 9 7 8 - 0 - 6 74 - 0 2 4 2 4 - 3 , I S B N 1 0 - 0 - 6 74 - 0 2 4 2 4 - 9 , $ 2 7. 9 5 , £ 2 0 . 9 5 , E 2 5 . 2 0 In this book, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, who is Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, reveals that modern genetic screening has been practiced since 1960, benefiting millions of women and children all over the world. She persuasively argues that new forms of screening—prenatal, newborn, and carrier testing—are both morally right and politically acceptable. Medical genetics, built on the desire of parents and physicians to reduce suffering and increase personal freedom, not on the desire to “improve the human race,” is in fact an entirely different enterprise from eugenics. Cowan’s narrative moves from an account of the interwoven histories of genetics and eugenics in the first half of the 20th century, to the development of new forms of genetic screening after mid-century. It includes illuminating ch
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