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i think it could be a great idea you could modify them to be more resistant to illnesses and weed out alot of health problems people will face in life but on the down side you could also give you kid blue hair or make him or her look like a celeb or a lizard
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Gene therapy is well on its way to becoming a viable option of treatment for some hereditary diseases. While I can agree on manipulating genes for health reasons, designer babies are purely cosmetic and unnecessary.


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It can make them smart?

*imagines 70 year old grandma self sitting on a throne of gold*

First, I'll be pissed that I wasn't born later. I'll feel dumb for a good portion of my life. HOWEVER, imagining my kid and future grandkids being rich because of how smart they are....... now that's pretty awesome.

But if a good portion decides to go through with it, and more people decide to do it, wouldn't that just make future society an equal intelligence? (I'm talking way in the future) It won't matter down the line and I'm positive it'll eventually become available to anyone who plans to have kids.


I very much doubt there's a correlation between intelligence and wealth, let alone a correlation between intelligence and success. Assuming that higher levels of intelligence = higher IQ, studies based on that hypothesis make it pretty clear that hardworking genius A will be more successful than unmotivated genius B, as obvious as it seems. So equal intelligence, if we can even agree on a definition, won't mean much in the end.
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Would be astoundingly costly, I'm sure. Definitely not a viable option for a poor expecting person like myself. This would be marketed like heck for those higher income families though.
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Has anyone seen Gatica?
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I don't think that could be good for humanity in any way.
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Kikusui10 wrote:

I don't think that could be good for humanity in any way.


What about being more resistant to diseases, and pretty much getting rid of genetic disorders before they are even born so no child ever has to live with a genetic disorder. Like the poster a few posts up said. Which makes more parents more relieved due to the fact they're child will not be born retarded (medically speaking) which is probably the fear of many parents.
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Depends on what you are modifying really. "Designing babies" to not suffer from hereditary diseases such as cystic fibrosis or Huntington's disease should not be too controversial. However modifying EG a babies intelligence you could argue to be both ethical an unethical in some ways. Increasing intelligence could be viewed as ethical if for example it results in that baby advancing technology significantly or an important discovery (e.g. the cure for a serious disease) which could benefit of millions if not billions of people. Under this logic you could argue that preventing such modifications would in fact be unethical as you are allowing people to suffer despite, having the potential tools to alleviated or solve said suffering. However, that being said the potential for abuse is huge. The prospects of future generations would be decided on how much money their parents have (significantly more so than today). This division could potentially become worse with each generation as parents spend money on making their children more superior who in turn do the exact same, but to greater effect because of their already enhanced abilities (basically making a superior being which in turn creates a greater superior being) potentially leading to the creation of a "two-tier humanity". In short; it heavily depends on how the technology is used and how accessible it is.
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It's best to let things happen naturally.The whole idea of this creeps me out.
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If I could prevent mental retardation with my baby, I would definitely do this.
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If it were available and affordable, why not? By being able to increase the intelligence, height, appearance, etc of your child it would only make them more successful in life.

I'm honestly surprised so many people are against this, especially on the argument that "it isn't natural". Yeah, anything humans have created isn't "natural", does that mean you're going to stop using Internet, smart phones or cars? I don't think so. Also things such as patients having to literally live off of machines is the farthest thing from "natural" that you can get.

We're actually evolving rapidly, not through natural gene mutations, but from our own innovations in science and technology and I think we should embrace that fact rather than condemn it.
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Kikusui10 wrote:

I don't think that could be good for humanity in any way.


What about being more resistant to diseases, and pretty much getting rid of genetic disorders before they are even born so no child ever has to live with a genetic disorder. Like the poster a few posts up said. Which makes more parents more relieved due to the fact they're child will not be born retarded (medically speaking) which is probably the fear of many parents.


You know that's interesting because not many consider the implications of a "good" action. Let's take deafness for one. If medicine advanced to the point where we could treat deafness from birth, what would happen to deaf society with all its theatre, music and charm. It could be likened to the wiping out of a culture.

No parent would wish an ailment or disability on their child but there are still many with such children who would decline an opportunity to turn the clock. Bit off topic and not related to genetics per se, just some food for thought.
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Reminds me a little of Gundam Seed.
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slowly turning into a "Brave New World".

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slowly turning into a "Brave New World".




Good book. When I saw this on an anime site I was just thinking about Gundam Seed xD.
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I wouldn't meddle with my child's personality or appearance, but I would try to help him/her to be as healthy as possible.
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