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The New Eugenics: Modifying Biological Life in the 21st Century by Conrad B. Quintyn is a powerful expose of what the author calls “New Eugenics.” Eugenics has been understood, until now, as a practice that aims at improving the human species by selectively mating people with specific hereditary traits. It is a practice aimed at eliminating diseases and certain disabilities or undesirable traits in the human population. In this book, the author demonstrates how biotechnology has enhanced this practice, ushering in the age of new eugenics. While scientists are able to use procedures such as in vitro fertilization, genome editing, genetic engineering, and others to alter genetics, the consequences of these scientific practices on the human population and on human life, in general, are rarely considered. In this book, the author considers the ethical implications of new eugenics and asks the question: What are the limits of genetic engineering and how do we know when and where to draw the line?
The New Eugenics is an objective study of new eugenics and Conrad B. Quintyn explores the benefits it has on humanity and points out its dangers to human civilization as well. The author provokes thought in readers, inviting them to reflect on important subjects such as the sanctity of human life, the unintended harm to life resulting from the laissez-faire approach to new eugenics, the place of God’s design in human evolution, and a lot more. Conrad B. Quintyn shows, through his professional writing and references, that The New Eugenics: Modifying Biological Life in the 21st Century is a well-researched work. It takes intelligence and skill to write such a book, covering a variety of important topics while engaging readers in a frank and logical dialogue with science. It is filled with statistics and scientific facts that are accessible to the reader. This book invites readers and proponents of science to approach the subject with great discipline and a strong sense of responsibility. The book establishes the balance between ethics and science and asks important questions that the scientific community must consider.