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Should the modification of human genes be pursued?

  • YES!

    We can advance the human race so much by altering our genes! Imagine a world with stronger and faster people, people with unbelievable memory and intelligence, people immune from disease and disability. If we can unlock our genes and alter them to suit our will then there's no limit to what we can do! Why shouldn't we be the best possible us?

  • We can fix the bad in human genes, remove suffering

    Why have family members die of breast cancer, instead of old age?
    I think that in itself says it all. If we can pre-identify the gene that causes cancer, and other known illness like leukemia, MS, hodgkins disease... Then why not modify the embryo to have the gene removed prior to birth?

  • Let us explore all arguments pertaining to the genetic alteration of Humanity, The Religious View, The Scientific View, and our favorite, The Average Person's View!

    Now, in NATURE, genetic alteration occurs when a species meets a new environmental problem that challenges its survival. Some RELIGIOUS people like to consider FREE WILL as something NATURAL/GOD GIVEN. From a PHYSICS VIEW that has so far been correct with the laws that define our universe, every particle has a set reaction to a specific stimulus. When TESTOSTERONE enters the brain, we get aggressive, NATURALLY. Not saying religion is wrong, just saying it needs to be revised to fit SCIENCE. Not saying SCIENCE is absolute, just saying MANY SCIENTISTS need to rethink their views on RELIGION. So, we have established genetic alteration is a natural occurrence. Some YEA SAYERS talk about super-human qualities that would be FUN to have, just not necessary. To stand out because you are genetically enhanced to physically do more extreme actions, you probably won't have many great friends. Our idea of GOD has yet to have been resolved, don't bring up FAITH, faith is merely action of believing something that has not been witnessed. We all have FAITH, just in different aspects of Life. To prevent illnesses, yes, by all means mutate everybody so we can stop dying in hospital beds from crippling diseases, we still die, just not painfully from a pathogen that can be stopped by a few extra genes. Now, I have noticed some NAY SAYERS, talk about ATTRACTIVENESS of theirs, or other people's children. THAT is definitely something that should be personal choice, a child is raised by their parents and their environment, their own thoughts pertaining to the life around them. Computers are not the problem today, never will be, it is our self-fueled social conflicts that we create because Islamic extremists are killing "infidels", Chinese are putting the United States, Korea wants to get a nuke on the U.S, the United States government is failing, Americans are Lazy, Europeans are terrible at handling Money, NO! These are all problems created by everybody because we can't seem to compromise, or talk peacefully to each other figure out how we can get along and survive as a species. Genetic alteration to make super soldiers? MILITARY purpose, YES, only for VOLUNTEERS. If we had a full-time military of super-soldiers that can stop a threat quickly and efficiently, we wouldn't have to worry about security issues, or war. Especially war. Am I ranting, maybe. Up to you, the reader, to decide. Of course your, the reader, actions are genetically programmed into you. If you agree, you are psychologically obligated to agree, same for disagreeing. Genetic Alteration is merely another part of HUMANITY'S evolution. "Playing God" is false, Nothing in our Universe is impossible, you just need to know the method of doing whatever you want to.

  • I believe so...

    Genetic alteration occurs when a species meets a new environmental problem that challenges its survival. Some RELIGIOUS people like to consider FREE WILL as something NATURAL/GOD GIVEN. From a PHYSICS VIEW that has so far been correct with the laws that define our universe, every particle has a set reaction to a specific stimulus. When TESTOSTERONE enters the brain, we get aggressive, NATURALLY. Not saying religion is wrong, just saying it needs to be revised to fit SCIENCE. Not saying SCIENCE is absolute, just saying MANY SCIENTISTS need to rethink their views on RELIGION. So, we have established genetic alteration is a natural occurrence. Some YEA SAYERS talk about super-human qualities that would be FUN to have, just not necessary. To stand out because you are genetically enhanced to physically do more extreme actions, you probably won't have many great friends. Our idea of GOD has yet to have been resolved, don't bring up FAITH, faith is merely action of believing something that has not been witnessed. We all have FAITH, just in different aspects of Life. To prevent illnesses, yes, by all means mutate everybody so we can stop dying in hospital beds from crippling diseases, we still die, just not painfully from a pathogen that can be stopped by a few extra genes. Why have family members die of breast cancer, instead of old age? I think that in itself says it all. If we can pre-identify the gene that causes cancer, and other known illness like leukemia, MS, hodgkins disease... Then why not modify the embryo to have the gene removed prior to birth? Genetic Engineering is a field that we should continue studying and, once our knowledge of it's short-term and long-term effects has been expanded, apply it to practical situations. It should be greatly restricted by the federal government, as the common consumer isn't qualified to make decisions that could change the rest of their life, and the life of their families. As long as our scientists know where not to apply it, and to keep their work within strict ethical and moral boundaries, Generic Engineering could do great things for us as a species. I do believe in the pursuance of gene modification in the case of disease or disability. If a human gene can be modified to stop a baby form being born with a disability the I am all for it. If gene modification can kill a disease I am all for that. The problem will come when scientist and people decide to go in a different direction. Modifying genes because they want their baby to have blue eyes instead of brown or they feel their baby should be 6'7" tall. These situations will come about eventually it is the human way. There will always be mistakes. Great ones are happening now and we survive. Yet i believe that if we harness the power of GM it could take us as a species to great places.

  • Yes to Modification

    Now, in NATURE, genetic alteration occurs when a species meets a new environmental problem that challenges its survival. Some RELIGIOUS people like to consider FREE WILL as something NATURAL/GOD GIVEN. From a PHYSICS VIEW that has so far been correct with the laws that define our universe, every particle has a set reaction to a specific stimulus. When TESTOSTERONE enters the brain, we get aggressive, NATURALLY. Not saying religion is wrong, just saying it needs to be revised to fit SCIENCE. Not saying SCIENCE is absolute, just saying MANY SCIENTISTS need to rethink their views on RELIGION. So, we have established genetic alteration is a natural occurrence. Some YEA SAYERS talk about super-human qualities that would be FUN to have, just not necessary. To stand out because you are genetically enhanced to physically do more extreme actions, you probably won't have many great friends. Our idea of GOD has yet to have been resolved, don't bring up FAITH, faith is merely action of believing something that has not been witnessed. We all have FAITH, just in different aspects of Life. To prevent illnesses, yes, by all means mutate everybody so we can stop dying in hospital beds from crippling diseases, we still die, just not painfully from a pathogen that can be stopped by a few extra genes. Computers are not the problem today, never will be, it is our self-fueled social conflicts that we create because Islamic extremists are killing "infidels", Chinese are putting the United States, Korea wants to get a nuke on the U.S, the United States government is failing, Americans are Lazy, Europeans are terrible at handling Money, NO! These are all problems created by everybody because we can't seem to compromise, or talk peacefully to each other figure out how we can get along and survive as a species. Genetic alteration to make super soldiers? MILITARY purpose, YES, only for VOLUNTEERS. If we had a full-time military of super-soldiers that can stop a threat quickly and efficiently, we wouldn't have to worry about security issues, or war. Especially war. Am I ranting, maybe. Up to you, the reader, to decide. Of course your, the reader, actions are genetically programmed into you. If you agree, you are psychologically obligated to agree, same for disagreeing. Genetic Alteration is merely another part of HUMANITY'S evolution. "Playing God" is false, Nothing in our Universe is impossible, you just need to know the method of doing whatever you want. We can advance the human race so much by altering our genes! Imagine a world with stronger and faster people, people with unbelievable memory and intelligence, people immune from disease and disability. If we can unlock our genes and alter them to suit our will then there's no limit to what we can do! Why shouldn't we be the best possible us?

  • The reduction of suffering is an ethical imperative.

    If we possess the ability to alleviate suffering and knowingly withhold that help, we become culpable in the suffering itself in that we knowingly and willingly allow it to continue. This is particularly true of parents, whose first obligation is to raise children who are both physically and mentally healthy. If a parent is aware of an effective treatment of a disease from which his or her child suffers, and that treatment is available in the community in question, the parent is obliged to seek that treatment. In not seeking it, the parent would be consenting tot he child's prolonged suffering, and possibly death, depending on the disease. The logic of this argument does not magically evaporate in utero. If a modification in the child's germ line, either before or after birth, could alleviate, for instance, a genetically inherited tendency to profound mental illness, and if that treatment were available and accessible to the parents in question, the parents, by virtue of their obligation AS parents, would have to seek it out and use it on any child to whom they gave life.

  • Yes. Onward Science!

    I would love to give my future children the most advantages. There will be those who can afford it (the 1% and shrinking due to the collapse of the middle class) and then the rest of us primitives, probably in a zoo cage at this point; for the pretty people to gawk at our hideousness.

  • We could cure diseases

    Most people, in general, want scientists to find the cure for diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, alzheimer's disease, etc. what if scientists said that the easiest way to eliminate diseases was with prevention rather then a cure. If a scientist could prevent a disease from hurting a person before it even touched their lives, would everyone be happier? If this was done before the child was even born, the child would never have to worry about it

  • Support Gene Modification

    There are several benefits to gene modification that makes me very supportive of this form of alteration. One, would be the preventative disease benefits, if there is a way for scientist to help prevent people from developing cancer, or diabetes, etc. Then I am definitely all for it. Two, if we can improve the images of people without the means of plastic surgery, why not? This definitely brings up a whole new argument of whether or not plastic surgery is okay. Last but not least, the possible intelligence enhancement factor. What better way to quicken the advancement of society then to produce a world full of people like Einstein?

  • God gave us intelligence and free will, therefore isn't it apart of gods plan for us to reach the next level of evolution?

    Its true that we can no longer physically evolve due to the overpowering presence of technology in our lives making everything easier. We owe it to our children and our children's children to modify ourselves so that we may become more intelligent. This will allow our future generations to solve the problems of global warming, safe energy, space exploration, longevity, and a global economy and unity.

  • Half of these people are clueless, but...

    Tread carefully while reading these. Any argument involving God should be immediately disregarded. If people left their bodies the way "God intended", nobody would get haircuts or use medicine. Any argument involving loving your children should be disregarded as well. Parents would be modifying their children to resist diseases out of concern for their health, and not an inability to "love [their] child no mater what". That being said, their are some serious problems involving human genetic modification. Scientists currently do not understand all of the relationships between genes, meaning that altering genes could have unintended consequences. While genetic engineering may be able to prevent children from developing genetic disorders, science is not currently ready for that kind of power. Genetic engineering may be much safer once the Human Proteome Project concludes, but currently, there are too many risks for it to be viable.

  • No to Modification

    How can we take god's will into our own hands? It is up to god to create us and our destiny. If we are meant to have a disease and suffer, it is god's will. U cant just go and change that. That is completely wrong and unacceptable. No to modification

  • Who made us God?

    It's just so unethical. I think that instead of spending time and money on figuring out ways to change genes, scientists should put the same effort in figuring out cures for people with illnesses. But also comes down to one other thing, without suffering there would be no compassion. Maybe that sounds cruel but it's completely true.

  • No, we were made this way.

    No because god gave us genes to show who we are and not change it. The possibilities are endless on what could happen during the process of genetic engineering. Everybody would be the same and it could be good for society but it is not fair how the child getting tampered with does not have a say in any of this unfair, selfish, cruelty.

  • No, we shouldn't let people change our genes.

    Why should we change our genes? We were born this way, the way God made us. Not for people to alter our genes just to be more attractive. I think there are a lot of things out of hand with the electronics, and changing people's genes is one of them!

  • What about gene discrimination?

    There is a very interesting movie about this topic, it’s called Gattaca. This movie depicts how if this were the case genetic discrimination will happen. Instead of drug tests to get a job they will look at you DNA to see if you are "fit" for the job. In the movie all of the naturally born babies (called love babies) can only get the lowest jobs in the workforce and are completely segregated from the "perfect" people. It’s a truly inspiring movie and I think everyone who has an opinion on this matter should watch it to see what could happen if we get to the point of genetic modification.

  • I oppose pursuing deliberate modification of human genes. We need to stop interfering with nature.

    I still cannot understand why we have to play God. Natural selection has always been the way that good genetic qualities are improved and negative ones are sublimated. We are doing enough damage to the quality of new life by interfering with drugs, bad health habits, and poor environment. Maybe we should try cleaning up the way we live instead of manipulating what qualities some people think a ?perfect? person should have. What gives certain people the right to decide what genes should be manipulated in a future person?

    Posted by: 54nt4Karn
  • Human gene modification is not a good idea and it could change so much for the negative.

    Human gene modification is so negative in so many aspects. If you change the way genes are produced naturally and start picking and choosing what you want to do then you could start having to much of the same things. Also you may start having problems with people aborting babies more often because they aren't what you want them to be.

    Posted by: B3rkIffy
  • Human genetics need to vary, as was intended.

    Man does not understand genetics to make this happen without breeding us into a stagnant race in the future. Random mating and pairing creates the opportunity of rare and unique developments and or downsides. At the least let nature be nature in the case of genetics, so we do not doom our race in pursuit of "perfection"

    Posted by: Bear
  • Modification of human genes should not be pursued because it's a slippery slope.

    Modification of human genes should not be pursued because it's a slippery slope. It's such a new technology that we don't fully understand how it works and the ramifications, despite the arrogance of its advocates. The cloned Dolly the sheep died very young because of the aging that had happened to her mother. Until we know that the bugs are worked out, humans should not be tampered with.

    Posted by: H0bi3Invader

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