Chinese Scientists Raise Ethical Questions with First Gene-Edited Babies

Submitted by: trimble 1 month ago in Science Tech
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/chinese-scientists-raise-ethical-questions-first-crispr-gene-edited-babies

That announcement sparked outrage from many researchers and ethicists who say implanting edited embryos to create babies is premature and exposes the children to unnecessary health risks. Opponents also fear the creation of “designer babies,” children edited to enhance their intelligence, athleticism or other traits.




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Male 5,341
Now Mr. He has  gone missing in China, maybe under house arrest, maybe worse. 
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Male 5,891
Plus Side:

Eliminate disease and genetic disorders.

Minus Side:

Cause new diseases the majority of humanity is not immune to.  IE: Star Trek TNG - Unnatural Selection.

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Male 46,097
kalron   That's a pic of Diana Muldaur without makeup 
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Male 2,568
I see nothing wrong with it.
If they can prevent disease, go for it.
If someone wants their child to have blue eyes, what's the harm?

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Male 7,520
oobaka disease?  of course

 eye color?  who cares

What happens when they get to be bigger, stronger, smarter, faster, longer lived, resilient and god knows what other advantages they can come up with.


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Male 7,520
Not even worth debating to be honest.

Rich people will be able to afford it and when its deemed relatively safe and reliable, they will give their kids even MORE advantages and they will not give two fucks about what the rest of us think about it.

Even if they have to spend 9 months in some country where the practice is allowed (like china) they won't hesitate to do so.


Rich people will probably soon look like their photo shopped instagram photos lol.
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Male 2,468
daegog genetically engineered duckface.  Fantastic.
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Male 4,559
woodyville06 I take offense to that term.

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Male 287
what a horrible idea that some one would think this is a good idea. Almost reminds me of the Aryan race that hitler was trying to produce. Let say that they found the gay gene and started to edit that out. Is that what we really want in society. I can see it for heredity based disease but who is too say that is where it is going to stop.  Or it could be like the book the midwich cuckoos. What happens when we turn off a gene does that mean it could turn on adifferent gene that is even worse. Too many unanswered questions

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Male 46,097
tinfoilhatsociety   Are you anti-vax or do you believe it's okay to take preemptive steps to prevent diseases?  Basically, this doing just that - preventing the child from getting the disease.   IF this is real, he seems a bit like a grand-standing attention whore.

If it is then changes to eyes, gender, orientation, those are all questions that have to be answered, but you don't throw out the tool because someone may misuse it.  A hammer can kill or build sanctuary..... it's a tool, just that.
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Male 287
Gerry1of1 i'm not a anit-vax person, those have a purpose.  I have no qualms  about this what so ever but at what end do you stop and realize what you are doing. Yes it's a tool to help with disease but society doesn't understand it's limit. What if they turned off the gene for  cancer but then in 5 years, it starts to kill off the population cause that gene needed to be part of the person. This doctor doesn't understand what he is doing in my personal opinion.   The a-bomb was a tool and we throw that away or at least i hope they did.
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Male 46,097
tinfoilhatsociety   I agree, slow measured steps. But once genetics was invented this was inevitable.  

To keep a perspective, when the first organ transplants took place critics complained doctors were playing god and it was unethical to harvest parts from one person to another.   Now it's common place for the good {mostly}.
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Male 287
Gerry1of1 well they are probably going to start growing genetically   modified parts soon. Which would be odd.   Would be funny if this was the cause of the zombie apocalypse  was due to genetic modding of  some one 
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