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"The SF approach: an awareness that things could have been different, that this is one of many possible worlds, that if you came to this world from some other planet, this would be a science fiction world."
- Neal Stephenson

Alpha Plus  
  Intervening in the physical development of humans can result in enhancements.  

"And now," Mr. Foster went on, "I'd like to show you some very interesting conditioning for the Alpha Plus intellectuals. We have a big batch of them on Rack 5. First Gallery level," he called to two boys who had started to go down to the ground floor.

"They're round about Meter 9000," he explained. "You can't really do any useful intellectual conditioning till the foetuses have lost their tails."

From Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley.
Published by Unknown in 1932
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See also this reference to special genetic tampering called E Therapy which can be done in adulthood, resulting in bubbleheads - from Philip K. Dick's 1965 novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.

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