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Should parents be able to genetically design their child?

Asked by: Bruinshockeyfan
  • Only when it's proven safe and effective; Other ways should be investigated too

    Genes do not always directly cause what they correlate with. Hence changing the environment, changing nutrition, giving the child a pill, or any other number of treatments might be more preferable. Changing the gene could actually be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. If we really know what we're doing then I'm fine with it, but my concern is that people and even the FDA might rush into this.

  • Within limits, yes.

    If you do a genetic test and discover the baby has ... Cystic fibrosis or some other genetic disease, and we have the ability to correct it, then this MUST be allowed. That itself opens the door to quality of life issues, like asthma for example, if we can genetically strengthen a persons immune response or strength of lung or modify lung capacity, then why would we NOT do this?

    Gene therapy is not, in and of itself, evil, but we do not to develop ethical guidelines and criminal penalties for the abuse of this process. Eugenics and other forms of gene manipulation should be banned. WADA has already taken steps to identify and eliminate gene 'doping' before it enters sports. And yet in academics and business, gene doping for greater intellect, etc. is a real potential problem.

    Whether we like it or not, its here, and we need a framework for dealing with it. Banning it will accomplish nothing, and may do more harm than good. Doing nothing and precluding sound moral limits to the process, itself risks unethical results from this process. This not a question of should, but how ... And the question is one of stewardship.

    Is it wrong to prevent a parent from changing a child's hair color? Who cares right? Is it wrong to correct a child sub-optmal intelligence? Its these questions that must drive the framework.

  • Listen, I know some of you may think it's immoral, but think about it.

    Imagine what you'd be doing for that kid. You have no idea what they're going to look like. You might just end up with a seriously deformed child, who will have an awful life. If there was a way to make that not happen, and give your child a probably pretty awesome life by designing what they'll look like... Why the hell wouldn't you do it?

    (Oh, and before people say "it's playing god"... Yeah if there is a god, and he decides that people with serious deformities like having only one arm is the best way of going about things, maybe it's time we had a say in things.)

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  • Think about this

    I believe there is a god and if YOU want to make the decision to genetically make your child perfect then debut that with your wife/husband etc. but let other people make that decision to modify THEIR child to be the way that they want them to be and if you want a child and you want to leave them alone and not make them a science experiment then don't that is the parents decision to make not ours.

  • Should not be tolerated

    Things can go wrong during any process i wouldn't risk it. You can go ahead and try let see if the child doesn't end up like something off of E.T. People need to understand leave natural stuff online . Manipulate a baby gene can cause side affects. It like mutating a plant with artificial drugs.

  • No they shouldn't

    First off, this is going to upset people due to morals and beliefs. Scientifically, it will decrease the genetic variation in the human gene pool, creating far less diversity. In society, we have smart, athletic, tall, skinny, short, and strong people. That allows people to compete and be different from everyone else. If people got to choose the traits of their child, that wouldn't happen. The only exception to this should be correcting a life threatening or severe genetic disease.

  • Hey hey hey

    I don't believe we should, because this is similar if not the same as crop genetic engineering. When they did and are still doing the testing they tossed the crops deemed unhealthy or unsafe. Are we suppose to do the same to a human being? A life. That's not our place and we shouldn't do somethings just cause we can. Plus people with different variations are going to be copied if a celebrity does it and etc. it would become a fad and/ or trend and then would have an epidemic. Just sounds like a bad idea. Nope, Nope NOPE. Just don't do it.

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  • Think about this

    I believe there is a god and if YOU want to make the decision to genetically make your child perfect then debut that with your wife/husband etc. but let other people make that decision to modify THEIR child to be the way that they want them to be and if you want a child and you want to leave them alone and not make them a science experiment then don't that is the parents decision to make not ours.


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