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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Speaking of Ethical Nightmares... 

University of Utah researchers have found a gene that seems to regulate the timing of maturity in Drospophila. The article mentions kittens that stay kittens forever, which would be cute but very creepy and probably end badly, but doesn't go a step in the other direction: we could perhaps eliminate childhood altogether!!!

As we all know, childhood is in many ways getting less and less separate from adulthood - kids are working harder in school, their lives jammed with activities that may or may not just be for their parents' egos, etc. - so why bother with it at all? Besides, what parent really wants a teenager?

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