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The title of this symposium asks: "Does scientific knowledge
change the law?" On one level, the answer is obvious: of
course, science and technology are always changing the law?
As a matter of positive description, law is an integral part of a
culture, and as cultural knowledge and beliefs about human
nature change, law inevitably changes with them. But the more
interesting and important question is the normative one: how
should our law change in light of increasing knowledge of the
human genome? That will be a central question occupying
legal thought in coming decades as progress in genetics
changes not only our understanding of human nature, but also
our ability to manipulate human nature.

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