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Genetic manipulation

Started Aug-4 by HWPeeler (HPeeler); 844 views.
HWPeeler (HPeeler)

From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Aug-4

"It is ten years away."

So that is right around the corner. Our children will have this option in our grand children.

Are we talking about repairing birth defects, or tweaking our grand children's DNA to improve their physical or intellectual value?

 Loosely related to this might be cloning. Creating a group of designed humans for whatever purpose we might imagine. An army? A work force? Will clones have equal rights in society?

albatler

From: albatler

Aug-4

clones exist now... twins/triples..etc..

artificial clones ,probably not..

a clone would not be made from a egg and sperm...there fore not a person..or not a new one anyway..

tho if you are filthy rich ,exceptions will be made..

fully ,complete , robots wont pass either..

repairing birth defects(gene wise) might never work

“We’re finding embryos will repair themselves if you have another healthy copy.”

HWPeeler (HPeeler)

From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Aug-4

Natural clones (twins) of course are natural. We are talking here of creating clones from one human to many. Yes, such would be as natural as anybody else. If created by a company are they company property? If created by a government program are they "government issue", military?  

Re4pairing birth defects is what is ten years off. We have done it. The results were just not allowed to live. It is not just theory.

Cstar1
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From: Cstar1

Aug-5

In reply toRe: msg 4
HWPeeler (HPeeler)

From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Aug-5

Should we?

To repair birth defects? No objection. If that birth defect is just cosmetic? Why not. If the goal is a better person, why not?

Are we artificially altering the evolution of mankind? Sure, why not?

Better scientists, better politicians, better ... every profession. I know those who write sci fi plots like to point out the potential evils. Maybe we will also get better sci fi writers.

Will the stupid complain when they are pushed out of the job market? That's evolution at work.

Cstar1
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From: Cstar1

Aug-6

I could go either way. I think fixing the genes is interesting, and maybe even desirable in some cases, but on the other hand, aborting defective embryos is just as effective if you're trying to avoid a severely handicapped child. 

In reply toRe: msg 6
HWPeeler (HPeeler)

From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Aug-6

We agree it could be a nasty business with many of the results being aborted.

Twins and twin co-twins (Triplets/quadruplets) are not even close to being clones, they are independently developing feti with a single DNA genotype arrived at from a single fertilization event.  Clones would be say, a 20 year old, whose viable cells are copied to make a new individual.

In reply toRe: msg 6

I wonder if the "fix" affects the reproducable genome including mitochodrial DNA or is it just to the principle DNA?  The mitochondrial engines of the cell seem to be a major issue, not exactly genes but have massive effects on the living organism.

HWPeeler (HPeeler)

From: HWPeeler (HPeeler)

Aug-6

Bike (URALTOURIST1) said:

they are independently developing feti with a single DNA genotype arrived at from a single fertilization event.

Is this not a clone?

You describe a different process but the result is the same.

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