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23-04-2015, 07:32 PM
scientists tweaking human genes- designer baby?
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/...t=20150423


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23-04-2015, 07:43 PM (This post was last modified: 23-04-2015 08:04 PM by pablo.)
RE: scientists tweaking human genes- designer baby?
The article mentions several times, the ethical and moral implications of such experiments.
My question: Whose ethics and morals are being violated specifically?
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24-04-2015, 05:57 AM
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(23-04-2015 07:43 PM)pablo Wrote:  The article mentions several times, the ethical and moral implications of such experiments.
My question: Whose ethics and morals are being violated specifically?

I think it would be hard to say curing diseases is violating ethics or morality. I'd say despite the standard reaction of people to be frightened by this, I don't see how we can tell people that we refuse to take any action in ridding ourselves of debilitating genetic disorders.
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Quote:The procedure could enable scientists to do all sorts of things, including possibly preventing and curing diseases. So the Chinese scientists tried using CRISPR/Cas9 to fix a gene known as the HBB gene, which causes beta thallasemia.

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24-04-2015, 06:05 AM
RE: scientists tweaking human genes- designer baby?
its classic slippery slope. one day you are curing blood diseases, the next day you are curing brown eyes.

it has been a slope that scientists were shying away from, but now its been crossed.


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24-04-2015, 06:10 AM
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Next thing you know, we've got Bean from Ender's Shadow.
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24-04-2015, 06:33 AM
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You can get glow the dark cats in Korea. Is it too much to ask for to have this option available for human babies too?

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24-04-2015, 06:41 AM
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On one hand, I can see the positive benefits of this. People would finally be able to have children that will not inherit anything that would otherwise make their lives harder for both the child and/or the parents and celebrities will bestow upon the world their fabulous designer babies and hence another new absurd trend will begin!

But at the same time, this possibility would also allow a smaller mortality rate and potentially over time cause overpopulation.

Then again, we'll more than likely be colonized on other planets by the time this becomes a widespread norm. Consider

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24-04-2015, 06:44 AM
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(24-04-2015 06:33 AM)yakherder Wrote:  You can get glow the dark cats in Korea. Is it too much to ask for to have this option available for human babies too?




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24-04-2015, 05:58 PM
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There's a cynical part of me that thinks that designer babies are a bad idea. We've fucked with genetics enough as it is. The reason I'm nearsighted is because I inherited it.

The hopeful part of me thinks maybe we'll be able to genetically engineer smarter people. Why? Stupid people breed indiscriminately and often, but usually intelligent people don't have 15 or 20 kids.

I'm torn on the issue.
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