NPR logo

The Ethics of Engineering Humans

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4958965/4958966" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
The Ethics of Engineering Humans

Health

The Ethics of Engineering Humans

The Ethics of Engineering Humans

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4958965/4958966" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The FDA recently approved a new drug to treat short stature in kids. Prenatal testing offers parents the hope of having a healthy baby. But what message does that send about disability or physical imperfection? How far will we science go to make cosmetic improvements or prevent disability?

Guests:

Joel Garreau, author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies — and What It Means to Be Human; reporter and editor, The Washington Post

Joan Rothschild, author of The Dream of the Perfect Child; professor emeritus, political science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell; research associate, Center for Human Environments, The Graduate Center, City University of New York