We hold life to be sacred, but we also know the foundation of life consists in a stream of codes not so different from the successive frames of a watchvid. Why then cannot we cut one code short here, and start another there? Is life so fragile that it can withstand no tampering? Does the sacred brook no improvement?
— Chairman Sheng-ji Yang - "Dynamics of Mind", Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri
Why do you insist that the human genetic code is "sacred" or "taboo"? It is a chemical process and nothing more. For that matter -we- are chemical processes and nothing more. If you deny yourself a useful tool simply because it reminds you uncomfortably of your mortality, you have uselessly and pointlessly crippled yourself.
— Chairman Sheng-ji Yang - "Looking God in the Eye", Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri
Mark 1: The good news is, my clone was more powerful from creation than I am now. The bad news, my clone was more powerful—
Mike: Blah blah blah! We heard this one already!