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At the end of Gattaca, the dialog is pretty clear that Dr. Lamar, who does all the urine-based genetic verification, has a son who admires Vincent's persona as Jerome and that clearly is the reason he does nothing to stop Vincent; indeed, he urges him to board his flight: a dream come true for all of them.

However, when Vincent first adopts Jerome's identity and "interviews" (a standard genetic test) with Gattaca Corporation, it is with Dr. Lamar who probably is not aware of the deception. But in their seemingly daily interaction of "Jerome" peeing a sample for the doctor, at some point the doctor becomes aware that Jerome is a fraud, but never says a thing. It isn't until the surprise genetic test seconds before boarding the rocket that the doctor says "For future reference, right-handed men don't hold it with their left."

It seems implicit that those enforcing genetic purity would view Vincent as a criminal. But certainly Irene (Uma Thurman) abandons such thinking by the end of the story. Why does the Doctor?

Perhaps this hints that many (maybe everyone) in this genome-driven world are sick of the science-enhanced discrimination? Especially those apparently in charge of enforcement. If so, then who is really fostering and promoting the discrimination?

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According to the plot descriptions on Wikipedia and IMDb, Dr. Lamar is the one who has the son who admires Vincent. –  FredH May 14 '13 at 22:21
@FredH: Yes, I mentioned that at the end of the first paragraph. But when "Jerome" is first invented, the son could not have admired him. –  wallyk May 14 '13 at 22:25
Sorry, the way I read your question it seemed as if you were saying there were two different doctors involved. –  FredH May 14 '13 at 22:34
@FredH: Fair enough. I have clarified the wording. –  wallyk May 14 '13 at 23:09
Other than that I'd really like to see this turn into a question I completely understand, since I'm glad to see a question on this amazing movie. When I first saw it I was just stunned and I still enjoy it every now and then on TV. –  Napoleon Wilson May 14 '13 at 23:18

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In the fullness of that scene at the end, Dr. Lamar asks Vincent if he'd ever told Vincent the story of his son. This is something that Lamar has asked Vincent many times, without ever telling Vincent the story. It is only at the final test that the doctor tells Vincent that his son admires him (Vincent) and wants to be an astronaut despite a genetic defect that will bar him from doing so. So basically, the doctor's son is exactly in the same predicament as Vincent. This is why the doctor does what does. You mention Irene, who has a heart defect that limits what missions she will be picked for.

So, I don't know that either of those hint that "many" in their society are "sick" of the discrimination. I'm sure that the people who are affected by it in some way are. So who is "fostering and promoting" the discrimination? The same people who always do (often by inaction or ignorance of the situation) - the ones who are not affected by it.

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