In September 1965, LIFE magazine presented its millions of readers with a lengthy, thoughtful feature that it characterized as the first in an ambitious four-part series “on the profound and astonishing biological revolution.” Titled ‘Control of Life.’ The magazine described the intent of the four-part series in these words:
Of all the fantastic breakthroughs that modern science is making, none will touch man more closely, more wondrously — or more fearfully — than those now being made on the far-out frontiers of medicine and biology. As a result of research already well-advanced, man may one day be able to prolong his life for decades by replacing his failing organs as he now replaces the failing parts of his car. He may hope to foreordain the intellect and the physical characteristics of his children and of all the generations to follow. He may, though was strange to contemplate, yet being seriously pursued, be able to achieve a kind of immortality.
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