(Closed) Genetically Engineered Babies

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Should we genetically engineer babies?
    Only to make them more awesome : (14 votes)
    9 %
    Only if they had a disease : (69 votes)
    43 %
    All is game in genetic warfare : (22 votes)
    14 %
    I don't f*ck with mother nature : (55 votes)
    34 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    1773 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Providing there were no downsides I see no partiular problem with it. This would especially be the case with health-related issues. 

    I probably wouldn’t make the baby taller, but smarter? Oh heck yes. If I was to have children, I’d be terribly disappointed if I had dull ones. 

    Post # 4
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    8444 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Are you saying if I could genetically engineer my babies to have super powers?  Because the answer to that is definitely yes.  If you’re talking designer babies (i.e. certain height, hair color, etc), that’s not as appealing.  Fortunately, I’m never having kids.

    Post # 6
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    A twist:

    Since genetically engineering a baby is likely to be very expensive, this would almost instantly become a class issue, with risher couples opting to make their child healthier, smarter, whatever, and thus more competitive. This could seriously impact the cycle of poverty, making it much more difficult to rise above than it already is.

    If you are pro-genetic engineering, are you also pro-subsidized engineering to make it accessible to all? Or is it an every-man-for-himself kind of thing?

    Post # 8
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @deetroitwhat:  haha, our government is testing food chemicals/products on your kids right now.  Ethics don’t really seem to be a problem.  What the real problem with this scenario is, the artificial birth/survival rate being disproportionate to the artificial death rate.  At some point, the demands for resources will be far greater than the supply.

    Post # 10
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    2497 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Have any of you seen the movie Gattaca? Obviously, it’s science fiction but it’s a cool take on the impact of having genetically engineered babies.

    Post # 12
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    3552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    As someone who makes GMOs as part of their living I’m for engineering out diseases, but not so much for adding things like intelligence or height just because we can. In situations where it’s like ‘oh you have an accidental stop codon that shortens your motor protein meaning that your muscles will literally tear themselves apart? let me do a point mutation so the you regain funcionality of the rest of that gene for you’. Something like that really shouldn’t have too many side effects besides preventing debilitating muscle disease. I’m all for that kind of engineering, but when it’s ‘I don’t like the dominant allele that my kid is going to express’ I’m not so much for it.

    As far as ethical concerns go *shudder* I’m going to stick with my GMO fungi thank you.

    Post # 13
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    9115 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    As long as there were no downsides, sure. I’d have no problem with it.

    Post # 14
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    1348 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think it would only separate the most wealthy people from everyone else. I can see if there was a massive plague that knocked out most of human existence trying to be more sustainable in breeding of children, but otherwise it’s a ridiculously bad idea. Too many people on earth already have little or no healthcare as it is.

    Post # 15
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    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Yeah…I am against this.

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