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    Humans have already shown that it’s going to be a slippery slope when designer babies pick up full steam. PGD is widely used around the world currently to allow parents to select some of the traits of their children, such as gender and eye color.


    Genetic Engineering Now Allows Parents to Select the Gender and Eye Color of Their Children


    First genetically modified human embryo happened this year.


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    Is genetic modification of humans to remove genetic illnesses like some cancers, color blindness, Sickle-Cell, Hemophilia, etc. a matter of if or a matter of when? A U.S. Panel has already endorsed it for these serious diseases.


    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6...rious-disease/


    Ethically and morally I see it as a positive thing. The ability to remove genetic diseases from the world is huge in and of itself, and I think it more than overcomes the possible abuse by parents to make perfect little designer babies. But we live in a capitalist world so is it just going to become yet another way that the 1% is “better” than the rest of us? Or on the other end what about genetic mistakes happening in third world countries doing bargain basement genetic modifications?


    So do you think the benefits of genetically modified humans outweigh the negatives?


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    Making us more resilient could pose other problems to the symbiosis we call the human digestive system. If they wanted us to be able to get the nutrients we need without bacteria and other lifeforms living in us, they would really have to rework the human body to overcome the deficiencies. Also there are issues with creating a totally different type of class warfare where you have the designer people of means versus then randoms who can't afford it.


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    I just saw this video about fetuses in a pod.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgmdF9l7K9o


    Sorta on topic methinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coveny View Post
    So do you think the benefits of genetically modified humans outweigh the negatives?
    There are no negatives on the act alone... Like the knowledge of fire has only benefits... Using it wrong however can kill...

    When talking about ethics, the negatives start to rise up...

    On one hand it is useless to select the gender of a baby. It does not present any advantage for the child...



    I like to see us as crabs in a bucket. One tries something to get out, and all the other crabs pull it back in. No progress, but equality.

    I wonder what will be more important in the coming years. Progress, or equality... (i believe the latter).
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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