reply to post by coven
Honestly, the cat is out of the bag, technology wise. There is no way to keep rogue scientists from doing as they please. Who is going to police
them? The danger of Genetic Engineering is greater than something like Nuclear Weapons, if only because of the potential consequences for the long
term are so great, the techniques are relatively easy and the knowledge so easy to obtain.
Personally, I think that embryonic gene therapy is basically the same thing. While it is amazing that human beings have the technology to, in theory,
prevent genetic disorders and diseases, should we? Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want a child with a genetic deformity or disease, but I think it
would be a more prudent choice not to have biological children at all. There are millions of orphans in the world. Who is to say that the embryo you
receive to become 'your child' has any genetic similarity to you once the scientists are done anyway? So if you are Deaf, and want a Deaf child,
adopt one, but don't edit its genetics just so your ego is validated.
I am not religious at all, but one has to also see the similarities between mankind manipulating the genetics of an embryo and "God creating man in
his image". At some point once the Human Genome is completely mapped, instead of a clone, science will be able to 'hand code' a copy of anyone's
dna. So instead of just choosing a deaf embryo over a hearing one, you will be able to go into an embryo, and make a replica of your deceased child
with hearing, but make a duplicate who is deaf.... Man will be able to create Man, in whatever image he chooses.
Either way, mankind doesn't really know what they are doing. The scientists pretend that they are 'all knowing', but in reality we have no idea
what the effects of modified dna will have on future generations of humankind. For all we know, the first generation will be fine, and maybe even the
second generation, but at some point the recessive genes will show signs of man's hand.
Sadly, I think it is already too late. Humanity as a whole is either to egocentric or naive to either pay attention or care what these scientists are
doing. Without a near unanimous outcry against these experiments, there would be no way to stop it. Plus you have the propaganda of 'potential
benefits' hypnotizing rational thinking about the possible side effects out of most people's minds.
I think any of us would be outraged if we were forced to mate with whomever the government sanctioned or pre-arranged. But many of us would not have
a second thought if the government sanctioned genetic engineering for the 'betterment' of society. Most wouldn't even blink an eye if the
government offered tax credits to those who 'genetically prime' their children for success... if fact I think many would jump at the chance.