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#31 Richteralan

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 00:56

I gotta tell you... I've always been pretty happy with myself. I have no desire to
get plastic surgery or the like to make "improvements". But if I could eliminate
disease, aging, and the like? I'd do it in a ****ing heartbeat. If I could get
stronger bones, better eyesight, etc? I'd do it without hesitation.

Call our existence whatever you like... but if our design is "perfect" according
to some Higher Being, then that Being is a dumbass. Give me immortality
and a space ship and I'll be a happy man.

I'd rather keep all the disease, aging, and the like.

Because it is precisely those things that make human stronger.

P.S. BTW, you think those pharmaceutical industry will let it happen? Without disease??? Man we can't milk the patients of their money.


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 01:42

I don't see what would be so wrong with having "designer babies" -- seems like a good thing.


The movie "Gattaca" comes to mind when the idea of designer babies comes up.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:47

Given the scientific understanding of the importance of genetic diversification any regulatory body would need to ensure that genetic diversification is maintained and that there isn't a tendency to rely on certain genetic traits. Considering that even laypeople such as yourself understand the risks it is safe to assume that scientists and regulators also do.


Historically I'd say the issue is that scientists "think" they understand the risks, and that they can work around whatever there may be and fix it later and that there work is so perfect they don't need to worry about it.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 17:14

untill you get defects from manupulation, lack of genetic variety causes the human race to lose immunitites we otherwise wouldn't have had, people who can't afford to #design" their babies, get lower class babies who won't be allowed to mingle with the "perfects", and so on and so on. the issues vary from purely sociopolitical to genuine genetic dangers.


yes yes we have all seen the movie xD ... but i agree its a bad thing ... people need to be genetically flawed it what allows for progress... with no way to progress there is no reason to even exist

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 17:16

untill you get defects from manupulation, lack of genetic variety causes the human race to lose immunitites we otherwise wouldn't have had, people who can't afford to #design" their babies, get lower class babies who won't be allowed to mingle with the "perfects", and so on and so on. the issues vary from purely sociopolitical to genuine genetic dangers.

Why can't we just let humans be normal?...


Would you be against a method of ensuring your child is free from genetic conditions, free from things such as down-syndrome?

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 17:37

that depends on how the method is implemented.

If it's a method where genetic "fixes" get put into all babies preventatively, then yes.
If it's being selectively introduces to babies that have it or at most high risk parents. then I would probably accept it.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 17:38

I'm against designer babies, but why would anyone be against this strictly for medical purposes? Some places already check for extreme medical conditions with fetuses and give the option to terminate them if severe problems are detected, so using this better technique you could stop schizophrenia, heart problems, and loads of things like that. Heck I'm all for that, just think what it's like to have voices in your head you can't ignore telling you to pick up knives and stab people permanently for your entire life, no-one should have to deal with that.



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