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Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Explain the difference between eugenics and "newgenics" or "neoeugenics".

Students should be able to identify and explain the difference between early 20th-century eugenics (forced sterilization, ethnic "cleansing") and the later "newgenics" (also called neoeugenics) which primarily involved prenatal genetic screening and selective abortion. They should be able to identify the three principles through which newgenics is limited and morally justified: "highly penetrant genetic lesions, extraordinary suffering, and justifiable, noncoerced interventions" (464).

What are Mukherjee's conclusions on the nature versus nurture debate?

Students should be able to discuss how genes, the environment, external triggers, and chance all work together to result in an organism's given phenotype. After reading the book, they should have gleaned and be able to express that genes and environment are both contributing factors in an individual's development.

In your opinion, should there or should there not be a current moratorium on gene manipulation technologies?

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