No, not late April Fools. Yes, for real. The scientific journal Nature is about as elite and solid a science source as you can possibly get. Not a joke–Nobel prize winners still dream about publishing papers in Nature. They report:
Let’s talk about the monumental move that just occurred. What happens now? [/quote]
Perhaps they’ll cure some diseases.
You have no qualms about the ethics involved with experimenting on human embryos? Or editing them even assuming the success rate is 100%?
That would surprise me.[/quote]
Why not? Just another commodity. It’ll open up a whole 'nother design position. An individual hired to design your child’s looks, talents, and proclivities.
Obviously this’ll pretty much be a big ticket item for the wealthier amongst us. At least for a good long while. Now, that could change sooner rather than later with entitlement program changes so as to subsidize the ability of the lower income individual to put their child-product together as they see fit. Otherwise, you’re going to have two completely separate worlds. Think an increasing income gap is an issue (which would just be exacerbated with high-priced designer babies), wait until looks, intelligence, health, and athleticism (all at once) is selected for by those with means.
Designer genes. Get it? Because designer jeans, but this des…Yeah, not that funny.
Not particularly funny at all. And very dangerous. This discussion is coming at us faster than we want to think about. What are your thoughts on the matter?[/quote]
Those were my thoughts. We can either create two very different groups of people, or subsidize the ascendance of everyone into beautiful scholar-athletes. I figure the latter. The first wouldn’t last too long without the un-evolved masses storming gated communities around the nation. I mean, being left behind as the elite become permanent, super-elites? Nah.
Unless it’s some new super weapon we’re talking about then “slowing the progress of science” for a “subjective moral opinion” isn’t all that popular. I wouldn’t wager on it.
Science will finally give us the master-race.