chapter  10
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Case Presentation: NBIC and Human Enhancement

The year is 2050 and you are observing a group of what appear to be young adults interacting in a public space. You are accompanied by a human design specialist who points out the specifications and current functionalities of the beings you are observing. What becomes immediately apparent is that they are all very well-formed in terms of body size, weight, and musculature as well as being particularly attractive. This is due, in part, to the careful genetic sorting and manipulation that ensured they would be free from known genetically-based defects and weaknesses, as well as the introduction of various genetic enhancements in the form of preferred traits and abilities related to bodily appearance and function. What is not obvious are the genetic enhancements to their immune systems, cognitive development, and metabolism that, in some cases, are the result of particularly useful genes borrowed from other species.