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no, god made us in his image.
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If they can modify me to give me back my hearing and perfect vision I'm all for it. Keeping me alive forever or making me half human half something... HELL NO!
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wingopanda wrote:

no, god made us in his image.


Tell that to people who change their sex. Those people disgust me.
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I just want to know where my flying car is.

In all seriousness though, we have been performing low level genetic engineering on our food, our pets, and ourselves ever since we figured out that when you breed two pretty things together you are likely to get more of the same pretty thing. What's the big deal now that we can potentially take out most of the guesswork, and eliminate almost all of the "dud" results?
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Bigots disgust me
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If it were to stop a known problem then yes. But, if it were to create a monster no. Depends I suppose.
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I think it's fine but I'm afraid of people going too far too fast. Genetic modification is tricky buisness to start with and now your talking about human lives. With plants you can fail a thousand times and it won't matter at all besides lost money. With animals it's a bit sadder that all those animals die but unless you are a major animal lover it's worth the loss to possibly save human lives.

But with direct human modification a single defect will ruin at least one person's life. You aren't making food less healthy or killing a puppy you are playing with a person's life. Even if you think you've cracked the code you can't always predict what one small mistake can lead to. That is why I'm not against genetic modification on humans in and of itself but I don't approve of doing it recklessly and just knowing how people are I feel like this could easily get out of control very fast.

For now it sounds like they are just working with defective embryos that weren't viable anyway but now long before they try to "fix" people by giving them genetics to be 7 feet tall or have higher I.Q.? You know someone is going to try to do that and just one mistake on that front could be really bad.

But if we take it slowly and strictly regulate how far it's allowed to go then I approve of it. Imagine if we could legitimately cure Autism or other crippling disorders? Or maybe fix family lines that tend to die from heart failure.


BTW just to give an example of really bad does anyone remember Gundam Seed? Remember how "safe" their genetic modification was? They thought they had the secrets all figured out and made humans there were smarter, stronger, faster, and just better in every way genes could influence. But what happened after a few generations? They were starting to become infertile and although they were confident they'd solve the problem even at the end of the series they didn't mention being able to actually fix that "little" flaw. It was such a small mistake in the genetic modification that it took a couple generations for the problem to manifest. That could easily happen in real life. We start messing with genes and think it's all okay. We make modified children and they seem fine and grow up fine. But a couple generations later something starts to go wrong and we can't fix it.
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In human genetics, we're still at the "duh, what's this button do?" phase.

We can add or subtract things we *think* will have certain effects, but won't really know until trying (or better research methods are enforced).

There's not going to be an army of superhumans cloned overnight.
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Yeah! I think it would be cool, if you know, we werent turned into monsters.
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i say why not. I'm all for genetic modification.
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Remembering Jurassic World, genetic modification is a bad idea overall.
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marklebid wrote:

In human genetics, we're still at the "duh, what's this button do?" phase.

We can add or subtract things we *think* will have certain effects, but won't really know until trying (or better research methods are enforced).

There's not going to be an army of superhumans cloned overnight.


While that's true it's also important to note that it took decades and millions of dollars to sequence the first human genome. Little more than a decade later it can be done in a few days for a couple thousand dollars. That pie in the sky can fall pretty fast.
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The question was never "should" it was always "when".

There is no way to stop this from happening. People can do it and it will be done. It was the same with nuclear power/weapons. This is going to have even more positive and negative aspects to it. As always, it will depend on application and responsibility of the parties involved.
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mlchanges wrote:


marklebid wrote:

In human genetics, we're still at the "duh, what's this button do?" phase.

We can add or subtract things we *think* will have certain effects, but won't really know until trying (or better research methods are enforced).

There's not going to be an army of superhumans cloned overnight.


While that's true it's also important to note that it took decades and millions of dollars to sequence the first human genome. Little more than a decade later it can be done in a few days for a couple thousand dollars. That pie in the sky can fall pretty fast.


As this person has stated it can be done easily now. The CRISPR CAS9 has made it affordable and easier for anyone to do this. I am not saying that anyone is able to know which genes to change, but I know my girlfriend uses one at work on cancer research. The world of genetics is much easier to work with today and the tools to do so are much more affordable and attainable.

In my opinion man seems to only learn from making mistakes. Wait for big mistakes to happen before any sort of bans are even remotely considered.
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Well, genetic modification could also mean removing defective genes or genetic disorders... Those are good.

Bad ones are ones done out of vanity.. Like making ur babies have blue eyes. But I still don't think it's ethically wrong.
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Ian Malcolm's lines from Jurassic Park come to mind. The line where he talks about Ingen scientists standing on the shoulders of others and pushing ahead dinosaur creation when all they were concerned about was if they could, not thinking whether they should or not.
Although in this case I can see the possible positives. They're trying for a cure to some kind of blood disease. The outcry from western scientists is saddening. Close minded idiots too afraid to delve into bettering our species. Run the tests, see if it will fucking work. Do not shut potential things down because you're uncomfortable.
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Posted 7/6/15 , edited 7/6/15
I think it should be allowed. Imagine the efficiency of a genetically modified Chinese factory worker. They could also modify them so their lungs are stronger and more resistant to the pollution.
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