Human Engineering

Archive Report

Biologic Manipulation of Human Life

Man's Rising Ability to Intervene in His Makeup

Most visions of the future emphasize the tremendous changes to be wrought by advancing technology on the physical and social environment of the human species. Much speculation has centered on how man as we know him today will adjust to that push-button era of the future. Often overlooked, except in the fantasies of fiction writers, is the likelihood that science-based technology will be capable of changing not only the environment of man, but man himself.

The human animal has never been reluctant to doctor himself with a variety of potions and unguents to improve on nature and he has been clever about modifying his immediate environment to meet his needs and desires. But the ...

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