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Originally posted by angelofmercy
IK.. I think it is a marvelous idea. Anyone who can afford to raise a child without public assistance should be eligible (just because it is not fair to expect taxpayers to pay for raising such a child)and insurance companies should be required to pay for the procedure if the couple is infertile or otherwise in poor health.
I think the dna should be from 2 people only (too messy if more than 2 people.. custody fights etc)... a male and a female (unnatural for 2 men or 2 women). It will someday be possible. By the way, good topic!
Originally posted by Mystery_Lady
Highly immoral, unethical, and unnatural. The problem is that you only took this to the first step, which is to see the benefiticial side of it. You didn't look into this further to see where it could lead to.
First they will create a child for a couple who could not naturally have one instead of having them adopt a child. A woman doesn't want to go through childbirth, and has this process done instead.
Now the government and politicians start to step in. They could start to think since this is possible, we can make it illegal for people to have a child if their genetics are too similar.
Next thing you know they will require mandatory parenting classes.
Mandatory visits from social services.
The next thing is that the baby has to be modified genetically to take out any "genetic" genes that are known to create various health problems such as obesity, addictions, heart problems, altzimers, and etc.
Then scientists could slip in certain enhanser genes to the child without the parent knowing.
At first genetically modified people will not have much of an impact. As more and more are created, eventually it will get to the point where the genetically modified people out perform naturally born people. In essence will create another class rift where the modified people would get the better jobs, insurance rates, and etc. Then as the law passes that all of the new children have to be genetically motified, it will become harder and harder for the naturally born to find a job let alone a decent job.
Even if all of this could be done, I wonder about the psychological impact genetically modified children would have. Would they have normal emotions, or will there be something lacking? Will the scientists be able to brainwash them so to speak through genetics?
Also just because something can be done, doesn't mean it should be done.
There is too much potential evil known and unthought of that can come about with playing god like this.
Heck, this could even be used as the begining story of X-men with the how and why people started to mutate.
Originally posted by iori_komei
As are genetic research and biotech and engineering becomes more advanced, eventually (10-40 years time from now) we'll have the technology to take DNA samples from two (or more) individuals, mix the samples together, and use a kind of modified cloning process to create new life, which is basically the same thing as sexual reproduction, minus the physical pregnancie.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Question: Is this something like in that movie "Twins" where Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito acted? If I recall correctly They had 11 fathers and one mother.