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CommanderDef
CommanderDef May 29 2015, 11:43am says:

What if your parents choose something you won't like in future? Well, I wouldn't see a problem in eye/hair color. But I'd rather focus on implants than this kind of engineering.

And if we get more advanced in genetic manipulation? I think that if we use this technology in wide spread, we will all be alike. Perhaps we would each prefer different appearance, but after long use of the technology our DNA can get very close. Then it takes one new mutation of virus and we won't find anyone with natural resistance among us. Nature is still ahead of us in this. Also, genetic engineering must be mastered first.

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Kalga Creator
Kalga May 29 2015, 2:24pm replied:

I seriously doubt this process will be cheap enough for most people, even looking at it in the long term. Which means that the lack of diversity in genetic material is not gonna happen. (of course the world economy/societies would be ****** if all the rich and powerful people suddenly dies of some diseases due to their lack of genetic diversity but the species will live on, then again the rich and powerful are also the ones with the best access to medical care, so the risk of them all dying is a remote chance to begin with, kinda like how even a lot of European royalty had all those issues from inbreeding yet still managed to live out their lives simply because there's others to take care of them).

As for the whole consent thing, I have a suspicion that most courts are going to rule not in favor of the unborn, probably in a similar vein as abortion...

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TheTriangulum May 29 2015, 2:30pm says:

In a scientific standpoint, the problem with the use of recombinant DNA in highly complex organisms is the level of possible unforseen permutations. Many phenotypes are often polygenic so there is a good chance of affecting peripheral metabolic pathways leading to the creation of new "diseases".
Also, we cannot be sure how it will effect future generations, I mean sure we can forecast it with statistics but reality is not goverened by statistics - there are far too many potential modifiers to take into account when forecasting these things. For example, we don't know how it could effect the frequency of alleles (natural selection and evolution of our species).
Of course, everything is mired in uncertainty, this included. So the question is, should we accept this uncertainty?
Definitely in a cosmetic standpoint - I am quick to say no, because this is toying with the very code of humanity. If the eventuality of it going wrong does arise, then it can go VERY WRONG - possibly the extinction of our species. Furthermore it can lead to even more rampant eugenics - increasing "racial" tensions and exacerbate this notion of a "supreme" form of humanity. Humanity is already wild as it is in terms of discrimination - and the only thing currently controlling variation is natural causality.
I can see the benefits of this, like curing genetic diseases and alleviating suffering - but I am a bit hesitant to endorse such germ-line gene therapies until our understanding of it is significant. This technology is very new right now.
Hopefully starting med school later this year so maybe by then Ill be able to conjure up a better argument :P

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ElfFriend Creator
ElfFriend May 30 2015, 3:10pm says:

Simply put I'm all for genetic manipulation if it eliminates genetic disorders however I'm only somewhat for genetic manipulation to provide someone with genetic enhancements. So I'm not too sure about full designer babies but genetic manipulation is a very powerful tool that can help humanity fix our horrible genetics and thus it should not be wasted.

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Scientists day by day are continually honing the capacity to sequence the human genome and identify specific codons for certain characteristics.
It is therefore inevitable that the eventuality of "designer babies" will arise, where soon genetic technology will be such that parents could be able to pick the phenotypes of their children e.g. eye colour, sex, skin-colour etc.
Many ethical dilemmas are evident with the incoming age of genetics. Do you think we should make use of these technologies and "design" the human species as we have "designed" our environments? Or should such actions be prohibited?

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