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A web site devoted to novels and films that confront the social, ethical, and cultural implications of genetics. 


Gattaca (1997)
Directed by Andrew Niccols

Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is a relic of an old reproductive system, a “degenerate” conceived in a sexual union rather than in a laboratory. Moments after he is born, his future has been read in his unmodified genes, the probabilities of various physical and neurological disorders spelled out in a droplet of blood. Knowing that Vincent’s predicted heart condition dooms him to an early death, his parents discourage his dreams of space travel, instead investing their hopes in Anton, Vincent’s younger, genetically modified brother. Vincent leaves homes and becomes part of the new working class, one defined by genetic information rather than race...

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