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The American Spectator is a conservative U.S. monthly magazine covering news and politics, edited by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. and published by the non-profit American Spectator Foundation.

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Sixty-six years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick burst into The Eagle pub in Cambridge, England, with the latter proclaiming that the pair had “discovered the secret of life.” About a decade later, the Nobel committee recognized them with its prize for identifying the double helix as the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, which, through the mercy of acronyms, we call DNA.More than a half century later, in times so benighted that their inhabitants imagine them

I’ve always been a voracious reader of science fiction. In 1977 — the year that brought us Star Wars: A New Hope, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Island of Dr. Moreau — I dreamed of how the technology I saw on-screen might someday solve the terrible problems I faced that hot summer in New York.A few mornings a week, I had a side job unloading tractor trailers full of eggs from states south