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Mad Science? Learn More About Bioresearch and the Human Genome

The “Genius Babies” and How They Grew

By David Plotz

Posted Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at 4:00 p.m. PT

Twenty years ago, on an outbuilding of his Southern California estate, tycoon Robert K. Graham began a most remarkable project: the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank for Nobel Prize winners. Part altruism, part social engineering, part science experiment, the repository was supposed to help reverse the genetic decay Graham saw all around him by preserving and multiplying the best genes of his generation. By the time Graham’s repository closed in 1999, his genius sperm had been responsible for more than 200 children. What happened to them?

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Is Prozac Driving Wall Street?

By Robert Wright

Posted Friday, March 3, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. PT

Back in college, I once heard a guy fantasize about somehow getting cocaine into Wall Street’s water supply and making a fortune by betting on the bull market this would trigger. Or, for that matter, he could bet on the bear market that would ensue a couple of hours later. In psychopharmacology, after all, what goes up must come down.

At least, that was the thinking back then, before Prozac.

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What is Light?

By Jim Holt

Posted Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, at 4:30 p.m. PT

Light, without which we can see nothing, is itself invisible. It seems to move from place to place instantaneously, passing ghostlike through solid materials such as glass. If it is part of the material world, it is certainly, by dint of its surpassing subtlety, the part that is closest to spirit: So thought the astronomer Johannes Kepler.

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