posted on Jan, 7 2012 @ 07:13 AM
There is no point in the Genome sequence project, unless it can allow us to do MORE than merely select by genetic acceptability, those who are, and
are not to be born.
The real benifits of this technology will come when mankind can remove or replace a faulty gene in an already forming fetus to PREVENT the onset of
genetic hereditary disease. A friend of mine was born with her stomach inside out. As a baby she was born blue, and had to be revived, then put under
and worked on by surgeons for a considerable time. They solved that problem after her birth, but what no one realised at the time, was that her heart
is larger on one side than it ought to be. This she got from her father, who also has the problem and carries the gene which results in this issue.
Now, this problem can be solved or at least made less of a hassle by the application of medication to alter the consistency of the blood,to lessen
the pressure differential effects, and careful check ups are made to ensure that the heart is continuing to function within acceptable tolerances.
However, genome researches should have the end goal of doing more than deciding to abort a fetus that has these conditions, but entirely correct any
and all hereditary malfunctions in an already existing fetus.
Its a bit like saying "I have the manufacturers manual for this vehicle, and I can see some problems with the design specification of the engine
that will make the vehicle prone to catastrophic engine failiure. But screw it, lets roll these suckers out, and make it right later!" The best
course of action, would be to examine the genome of a fetus, and CORRECT the damaged or prone to fail gene sequences. Until that happens, all that
genome research will be pointless.