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Disability & Society
This paper uses the fictional case of the 'Babel fish' to explore and illustrate the issues involved in the controversy about the use of cochlear implants in prelinguistically deaf children. Analysis of this controversy suggests that the development of genetic tests for deafness poses a serious threat to the continued flourishing of Deaf culture. I argue that the relationships between Deaf and hearing cultures that are revealed and constructed in debates about genetic testing are themselvesdoi:10.1080/09687591003755849 fatcat:l6emhzxeingp3ld5wlm5nk7xz4