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commonsense
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Designer Babies

Post by commonsense » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:26 pm

In utero gene intervention is already technically possible. Traits like hair and eye color can be manipulated--even the sex of the unborn child can be selected during pregnancy. In the not very distant future, gene therapy in the womb might be used to treat rare diseases or prevent major birth defects. Is this a medical miracle or a guiltless genocide? If technology has outpaced ethics and policy, is it too late to put the genie back in the bottle, so to speak?

HexHammer
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Post by HexHammer » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:06 pm

With gene editing we can remove all kinds of sickness and make people way more intelligent.

There are no wrongs in wanting certain traits, we already use plastic surgery to do this and that, not to speak about medication.

Impenitent
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Re: Designer Babies

Post by Impenitent » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:11 pm

blonde hair and blue eyes for everyone...

-Imp

commonsense
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Re: Designer Babies

Post by commonsense » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:30 pm

What if the parents were to decide they want to terminate the pregnancy because a particular defect or disease could not be completely remedied?

Walker
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Re: Designer Babies

Post by Walker » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:01 pm

commonsense wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:26 pm
In utero gene intervention is already technically possible. Traits like hair and eye color can be manipulated--even the sex of the unborn child can be selected during pregnancy. In the not very distant future, gene therapy in the womb might be used to treat rare diseases or prevent major birth defects. Is this a medical miracle or a guiltless genocide? If technology has outpaced ethics and policy, is it too late to put the genie back in the bottle, so to speak?
Parents say that they are better human beings once a Down child becomes a part of their life.

The reason is apparent. They learn the superfluousness of form, via experience.

In genetically isolated Iceland, abortions are eliminating Down Syndrome babies.

Dalek Prime
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Re: Designer Babies

Post by Dalek Prime » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:16 pm

I want one with Gloria Vanderbilt tags.

Not really.

Walker
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Post by Walker » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:54 pm

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Down Syndrome Awareness Month
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-of ... ness-month

“Sadly, there remain too many people – both in the United States and throughout the world – that still see Down syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life.”

He goes right to the essence, to life, the measure of all things.

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