Commentary: When Science Fiction Becomes Social Reality

Of all the worrisome scenarios the genetic age has conjured, none is more deeply embedded in the popular psyche than the Frankenstein myth, with its moral that dire consequences await the scientist who dares to play God. For at least 20 years, scientists and biotech entrepreneurs have dismissed the fears of man-made life as science fiction, saying that whole-mammal cloning was impossible and would be until well into the 21st century.

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