The Prospect of Designed Genetic Change
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This was written in 1894 by Sir Francis Galton. The concerns of the present are clearly not new.
It has long been apparent that you and I do not enter this world as unformed clay compliant to any mould; rather, we have in our beginnings some bent of mind, some shade of character. The origin of this structure — of the fibre of this clay — was for centuries mysterious. In earlier times men sought its trace in the conjunction of the stars or perhaps in the momentary combination of the elements at nativity. Today, instead, we know to look within. We seek not in the stars but in our genes for the herald of our fate.