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June 9, 2003 Newsletter

Genetic Crossroads
June 9th, 2003

NOTABLE QUOTE: ATWOOD

Very soon, RejoovenEsense hoped to hit the market with the various blends on offer. They'd be able to create totally chosen babies that would incorporate any feature, physical or mental or spiritual, that the buyer might wish to select. The present methods on offer were very hit-or-miss, said Crake: certain hereditary diseases could be screened out, true, but apart from that there was a lot of spoilage, a lot of waste...."These are the floor models," [said Crake.] "Not everyone will want all the bells and whistles, we know that. Though you'd be surprised how many people would like a very beautiful, smart baby that eats nothing but grass. The vegans are highly interested in that little item. We've done our market research."

- Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake, pages 304-5


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