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Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Maurice A. M. De Wachter Annotation pdf (64,185 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Maurice A. M. De Wachter
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (64,185 Bytes)
Date:
1980-12-24 (December 24, 1980)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
De Wachter, Maurice A. M.
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: SAM Science and Man Series
Box Number: 110
Folder Number: 45
Unique Identifier:
BBGFYT
Accession Number:
100
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Writings
SubSeries: Science and Man
Folder: S242: Foreword to "The Ethics of Genetic Control: Ending Reproductive Roulette" (1974)
Transcript:
Dr. de Wachter
[stamped, DEC 24 1980]
Cahiers de Bioethique
Thank you for your letter of December 4 inviting me to Contribute. Unfortunately my backlog of unfinished obligations poses a moral imperetive [sic] that I cannot ignore, and I ask your forbearance; as I must decline!
I do wonder whether formal regulation can make any further contribution to the compassionate minds of the problem.
Sincerely,
Joshua Lederberg
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
[stamped, DEC 24]
Please let me add the general caution that enforcement bureaucracies develop a life of their own. The best intentioned schemes for imposing normative values on others' behavior often have unintended ramifying consequences.
Perhaps the publishers will permit you to reprint the enclosed.
JL
Sam 242
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
Note: QC tranche 11/6/00 ok;

KW:  Cahiers de Bioethique.  algeny;

jl 12/29/03