"The Punishment Fits the Crime."
By David Berreby.
Illustration by JACEY.
First appearance: Nature/Futures, 9 March 2006.
Short short short story (1 page).
Online at Nature.com (HERE; PDF).
"This is not a prison, but a facility for research and compassionate care."
"Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage" goes Lovelace's poem, but with somatic-genetic engineering, who needs those silly things . . .
- In our story, the author confines himself to a specific kind of gene manipulation; for more about the whole field of genetic engineering see (HERE; Wikipedia) and (HERE; PDF).
The bottom line: