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ERIC COHEN is the founder and editor-at-large of The New Atlantis, one of the nation’s leading journals on the ethical and social challenges of modern science and technology. He was formerly a senior advisor to the President’s Council on Bioethics and director of the Bioethics and American Democracy program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and two children.
We live in an age of unprecedented human mastery — over birth and death, body and mind, nature and human nature. In every realm of life, science and technology have brought remarkable advances and improvements: we are healthier, wealthier, and more comfortable than ever before. But our gratitude for the benefits of progress increasingly mixes with concern about the meaning and consequences of our newfound powers