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ADSactly Tech News: The Ethics of Gene Editing


As the possibility of gene editing in human beings becomes increasingly probable a lot of ethical challenges and questions are still left unanswered. Is it morally or ethically right to tamper with the human genome in an effort to make more 'perfect' people with greater mental and physical attributes?

We can't wait for the scientific community and governments to approach these topics, now is the time to push these conversations a lot more aggresively before it's too late.

I recently read an article in Forbes that was called 'Advances In Genetics Are Setting Off A Fresh Wave Of Ethical Concerns' that was really quite interesting.

There were some questions presented that I think we really need to ask before continuing down this road.

Questions like, what ethical challenges will present themselves when it comes to genetic modifications?

Is humanity really on a mission to create 'super-humans' is essentially delegating normal people to a sub-class of humanoid more than a bit worrying.

So lets have a look first at how far we have come in terms of regulation around this practice. Just a few weeks ago, an FDA panel approved a gene editing technique to cure a rare form of congenital blindness called Leber congenital aumaurosis (LCA).

This in itself is promising and a worthy application of gene editing. The cure for congenital forms of blindness is one of the gene editing techniques is apparently an area that geneticists have made a lot of progress in.

For example, they have been able to gene edit out red/green color blindness in squirrel monkeys since at least 2009. It's interesting to know that the cure for LCA was discovered around the same time.

The FDA appears to be allowing genetic editing in a limited way in an effort to cautiously help cure genetic diseases. Because we can fix many of humanities genetic problems with this new technology it seems that eliminating genetic editing would be a bad move as well because it provides so much potential benefit in ending human suffering.


But hold on for a minute, we must ask the question here, just because we can cure some things, does it mean that we should?


Can you see the moral dilemma here? Is it right for us to be playing god? How would nature deal with these diseases? Why do these diseases exist in the first place?

Some may argue that this is a biological safety mechanism to control populations on a planet, this wouldn't be my stance but I know there are people out there that may feel this way.

Here's another perspective. In a book written by Andrew Solomon called Far From the Tree, the author brings up the deaf communities of the world in a way we might not imagine them. He talks about them as not just people living with sensory deprivation, but rather they represent a rich thriving culture, with members who would readily argue that their senses, thanks to deafness, are enhanced.

So, we have reached a true moral dilemma, if the deaf really need to be “cured," whose decides to do it? Hearing parents who want a child like themselves? The child?

And at what age is someone old enough to make this life changing decision? Should it be at Age 5? Should it be at Age 18?

Perhaps when they grow up and possibly fall in love with someone in the hearing world or have hearing children?

Then wouldn't the opposite also be available? What if people had the ability to choose deafness by the same token? Perhaps some deaf parents may decide it would be best to take away the sense of hearing from a hearing child so they would have the opportunity to “fit in” better with their family?

This poses another interesting factor in the debate. Should we really a person affected by deafness as diseased? Couldn't this be at bare minimum, nature's way of creating diversity and the potential for limitless experiences.

I'm not arguing that people born deaf shouldn't have the option of gaining their sense of hearing. If modern medical therapies can provide that for them by all means, I do believe it should be offered.

This past summer, CBS reported that genetic testing had become so commonplace in Iceland, that pregnancies with embryos believed to have three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two, were routinely terminated.

It needs to be emphasized that the population of Iceland is under 350,000, and the average Down’s birth was two per year, however, recently, so few babies have been born with Down Syndrome, that if this trend continues, eventually no one with Down’s will be born in Iceland.

While many people would argue that people with Down’s are less healthy and experience more challenges, others would say, many live long healthy lives and are better for those challenges.

This technology clearly presents an evolutionary advantage for the 'haves' but what about the 'have-nots?'

This question has me a bit boggled and confused I'm afraid.



I think its amazing that they've found a way to prevent births of children that would be born with Down Syndrome.

In regard to Down Syndrome, I feel deeply sorry for anyone who has it and the family members that have to cope with this being part of their loved one's life. But, on the other hand is it fair that rich first world nations can afford this kind of care. Do you think humanity could provide this advantage to the billions of future parents living on this planet?

Obviously, it would just be nice to see that this wasn't just an advantage received in so called 'first-world' countries but it also applied to the developing and third world countries as well.


There are just a few more questions I think we should be asking in hopes that the scientific and medical communities of the world will come together and ask these questions as well. More importantly we need them to agree upon the answers and we must hope the answers posed are agreeable with humanity.

Who owns our DNA brings up its own host of complicated questions. If I ask you, who should own your DNA, what is your gut answer? You, right? We should each own our own DNA. But let me kill the suspense here, if you do 23andMe or any of those other boutique genome mapping experiences that tells you your ethnic background - YOU DO NOT OWN YOUR DNA.

So do we own our DNA or not? Should we be more careful and develop stronger moral and ethical guidelines before persuing more advanced gene editing methods in application to human beings? What do you guys think about this?

Please leave your thoughts and feedback below!

Thanks for reading.


Authored by: @techblogger

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A very well written and thought provoking post. Enjoyed the read. Thank you!

Super agree with your comment @estream. studios

Gene editing might be helpful in coping certain syndromes but it should not tamper the human genome which is bestowed by God.

Absolutely great post

Great post!
Gene editing comes with countless ethical questions that are almost impossible to answer.
I think the discussion will never end, as there is no clear line between right or wrong.
But these are questions that we will definitely have to deal with in the future - let's see how humanity will handle it!

Lets keep trying to do what we can to get discussion going around this topic and hopefully induce lasting and meaningful change in the way the global scientific community approaches this work in an ethical and morally responsible way. The fact that medical facilities around the world are increasingly able to screen for Down Syndrome in unborn children is amazing, in fact I have a friend who paid for this testing recently and said it was worth every penny. There is certainly good coming from this field as well.

Yes, I agree. And wow, the example of the screening for Down Syndrome is something I didn't know about.. how long has this been around in the medical field??

It is ethical because it will help ensure the survival of life.

No, stopping the destruction of life will ensure its survival. Not tampering with DNA.

Hi, I am a med student and my wife is a biology researcher so I will try to give my thoughts not only from the ethical base but also from a practical scientific point of view.
Regarding ethical points:

  1. The population explosion threat is something I am really worried about, it started after I read the book Inferno by Dan Brown, a most read book by the way. Eventually I decided that in my opinion - humanity should advance ideas to deal with this problem, like settling on Mars and so on, in parallel to the advances that bring upon us the population explosion. there is every reason to believe that science can find solution to a problem stems in a technological advances with another technological advance.
  2. Regarding the decision making by parents and the alternative view of people with disabilities as, in some cases, happier and whole in their own way - I do accept the view that there are many ways, almost unlimited ways, to look at the world - this is the core of the postmodern era, but - in the end, in order to live a normal life, every individual has to decide what is the point of view he agrees with the most, and in cases when there is no way to back off - one has to act according to his beliefs even when they affect other person, his son in our case - with the belief and hope that he does the right thing for the other person in the most acceptable way.

Now - practically - my and my wife's professors do not care much about ethical observations - the academic world is like a race - every person in this world tries to get to the next finding faster than the plethora of other scientists working on the same thing, and they will do almost whatever they can to achieve that. Therefore those questions you rise are extremely important, but it should be pressed that the government, with the assistance of ethics professionals and philosophers, should contemplate this issues - draw guidelines and then force them on the scientific world.

I'd encourage you to read book 3 of CS Lewis' Space Trilogy "That Hideous Strength" as a counter to Dan Brown's book.

I would also like to think that we(the human race) have the ability to counter the Malthusian over-population question.

Therefore those questions you rise are extremely important, but it should be pressed that the government, with the assistance of ethics professionals and philosophers, should contemplate this issues - draw guidelines and then force them on the scientific world.

(emphasis mine on your quote)

I'd rather see the scientists self-police their actions and research than have guidelines forced on them by government. Who knows, in a decentralized scientific research community, one that wouldn't "depend" on government for funding, maybe that would be possible, but I don't believe that adding more regulations and laws is the ultimate answer.

You bring up important points. Unfortunately, I see technology advancing faster than the ability to keep up with it ethically.


SDG

Thanks for the tip! I will try to read them when I have some time :)

Really, if you get the time try to. The trilogy does not have to be read in order, but it is the last one that would be most pertinent to the questions raised. Good luck in you and your wife's studies.

I'm a semi-retired pharmacist and I would have loved to go into research, but I knew the ability to do hard research (research for knowledge sake) would be tough to do without doing a lot of butt-kissing.


SDG

So you know how hard it is as a med student to find time for book reading :) but I will download it to my kindle if it's available for kindle and will keep it in my to do list!

Overpopulation is a fiction created by oligarchic eugenicists. Many scholars and researchers have noted this fact for years. Deciding who lives or dies is an ethical quandary indeed but I disagree with your claim that every person should decide to act on their personal beliefs. Killing innocent life is wrong and should be understood as such if we are to survive as a species. Your description of the scientific community ignoring ethics in the name of progress, especially in matters such as this, alarms me but is not surprising. Those same aforementioned oligarchs fund such shadowy research for eugenics and to create genetically altered beings for their own sick purposes. It's already happening. So disturbing.

Thought-provoking article! We need more critical thinkers in this world

Absolutely. If I'm not mistaken building stronger communities and publishing content that inspires both creativity and critical thinking skills is one of the main goals of @adsactly. Thanks for your feedback.

Communities can do just as much or more than tech can to improve our world. Or let's do both!

I can tell you that both CRISP and chimera projects along with human embryo projects are moving forward, fast. We have human-pig chimeras, modified human embryos ready to grow and we have the info needed to work with Cas9 & CRISPR.
We design the Cas9 to only cut the exact sequence of interest and calculate the risk of of site cutting, which is easy since the genome is known.
Cas9 degrades fast in human cells leaving little time to cut DNA, improving specificity.

The MYBPC3 gene has been corrcted with Cas9 and no off site changes where found. Yes in human embryos!
https://www.nature.com/news/crispr-fixes-disease-gene-in-viable-human-embryos-1.22382

This would prevent a severe inherited heart condition without other effects, it seems.
Knowing this, it would be morally incorrect to invoke religion or simply fear to stop the prevention of needless suffering and death. This is what science is all about, specially medicine / biochemistry, since all we do is strive to reduce suffering and pain. I feel that this is our moral obligation to do as it is becoming precise enough.

Saying that it would be the dream of Joseph Mengele is retarded, and yes i´ve heard this argument numerous times, since he was insane haha and moral was not the main concern of his studies, which it is today.
Science today would not target genes linked to unnecessary traits or weaknesses simply life threatening gene mutations causing major suffering or death ,specific enough to correct or knock out!

Peace!

Very interesting! I tried my best to create a balanced article about this subject because it is undeniable that this field of research has the potential to save lives as well as improve the quality of life in a countless number of people. You didn't touch on the possibility of creating genetically superior human beings which would in a sense inherit the earth... Any thoughts on that?

Well the first problem we stumble upon is simply that our DNA´s is getting known and when this becomes standard information in our health journals, the more genetically "prime"humans will be regarded better. They will have easier getting insurances, loans and work yeah anthing that runs over long durations. Who would hire someone that will be dement by 50 ? or give life insurance to someone born with high probability of early heart failure or early life cancer ? So by fixing these worst defects, we would only save a few lives from suffering noting more.

Today and in the near future this is the main problem i would say since we can only fix defect genes or knock them out we can´t engineer new genes leading to expression of new proteins which would bring a new phenotype. This has many problems and is far away in time but would lead to a direct elite human project!
Adding non human genes would be a direct way to instead of super humans, create a new race, even a single gene addition to germ line DNA will accomplish this.
This wont be morally obligated untill it comes to the survival of our spices and should be kept away from military complexes etc.

Regulating what we got and fixing the worst errors is within morale obligations, while keeping health journals away from insurance companies and employers.

Regulations of defect genes should not in anyway be confused with creating new ones and inserting or inserting non human genes and does not lead to elite humans just less sick individuals :)

If everyone had severe genetic disorders then it would truly lead to an elite race emerging, consisting of those who lived in the right area and could afford it. Hopefully or genome wont commit suicide anyway soon and I hope that evolution keeps us on path instead of science saving a few individuals from becoming sludge while the rest witter away. But if our genome anyway decides to give out, its still better saving a few elite humans then saving none :)

This discussion reminds me so much of different SciFi stories.

I immediately thought of Nancy Kress' novel "Beggars in Spain" written in 1993 plot synopsis below courtesy of wikipedia;

Beggars in Spain and its sequels take place in a future where genetic engineering has become a reality, and society and culture face the consequences of genetic modifications (genemods), particularly in the United States. The world of Beggars in Spain is also powered by cold fusion, named "Y-energy" after its pioneer Kenzo Yagai. Yagai also founded "Yagaiism", a moral worldview Kress based on Objectivism, in which dignity is solely the product of what a person can achieve through his or her own efforts, and the contract is the basis of society. As a corollary, the weak and unproductive are not owed anything.
The novel's title comes from its primary moral question, as presented by character Tony Indivino: what do productive and responsible members of society owe the "beggars in Spain", the unproductive masses who have nothing to offer except need? This is underscored by the rift between the Sleepers and the Sleepless; the Sleepless are superior in mind and body, and easily capable of outperforming their normal cousins. All men are not created equal. Where, then, is the line between equality and excellence? How far should any superior minority hold themselves back for fear of engendering feelings of inadequacy in their inferiors?—especially if this minority is not hated and feared, but rather the elite? This question is explored, but not elaborated on by the novel.
Nancy Kress has explained that the book, and the trilogy generally, grapples with the conflicting principles of Ayn Rand on one hand and Ursula K. Le Guin's picture of communist-like community on the other.[1]

I excerpted the following for further consideration;

All men are not created equal. Where, then, is the line between equality and excellence? How far should any superior minority hold themselves back for fear of engendering feelings of inadequacy in their inferiors?—especially if this minority is not hated and feared, but rather the elite? This question is explored, but not elaborated on by the novel.

Looking forward to future discussions.

Thanks @techblogger & @adsactly


SDG

I believe that thanks to such technologies, changes in the DNA at the initial stages of development, other interventions are more likely to be more useful than moral problems. First of all, it is possible to avoid quite a lot of diseases (for example, Down's syndrome) by such interference, it is also possible to get rid of many other diseases and find out at what period of their life they will appear and progress. You know the proverb: "who is warned - he is armed." We must look to the future more confidently and, therefore, should develop in all spheres, and most importantly it is that such technology should be accessible to disadvantaged people, from the fact that the benefits from this will be much greater than if it is a privilege of the rich.
This is a serious topic for discussion, so the final decision should be made by serious people, the entire world community of scientists ...
Thank you for raising such topics, it's very interesting

Absolutely. Its a discussion that humanity needs to start having everyday until we build proper rules and guidelines that all parties are willing to follow.

Agreed :) who know - maybe this post and replies will help a tiny bit 😁

Well its already helped me! I see so many cool knowledable people who have both an awareness and opinion on the matter discussed. Thanks for your educated thoughts on this Kivsha!

We chose to test our embryos as my wife is a symptomatic carrier of hemophiliaA but in no way did we manipulate the embryo. Why just found which one wouldn't have the cards stacked against him/her if avoidable.
As a result we ended up with boy/girl twins who are dynamite!

Interesting write. I like share my thoughts on the advancement of AI technology and the concept of singularity where man and machine will one day merge, in the works and thoughts of Ray Kurzweil and Elon Mask. In specific the advance machine learning capbility.

Is gene editing (CRISP), and AI (advance Intelligent) singularity merging as well and will such collusion going to pose any threat to humans or greatly advance mankind in terms of health security and moral values.

It definitely is a threat to humans and I suspect it will offer neither of the later postulations you made. How would an artificial life form going to enhance health and especially "moral values"???

on the contrary, as i understand from the works of Elon Mask, the process of machine learning is on going as I speak. In future AI will be able to replicate or duplicate human emotions and feelings. This will allow AI to merge into human society and enhance social interaction and medical technology.
The first AI robot, Sophia had been granted by Saudi Arabia a citizenship is a living example, though still in its early stage.

Great man.... actual thining about the ethics of Gene editing........and yeah I am so much pleased about your post......superb job dude....keep it up.💜

it is very cool done))

Your article is well written and shows the pros and cons of gene editing. Great work!!

Gene therapy is also currently being considered in treatment of AIDS. Like you, I wonder where to draw the line. The potential to cure a lot of patients can be enticing. But for each gene we splice, are we setting a chain reaction of aberrant modifications that will ultimately lead to more advanced genetic diseases? Is it okay to experiment on chimera creation? Where is the limit of human genius before we call it madness? Too many questions, and I'm afraid the answers we get right now will breed more questions.

Very thoughtful and constructive comment. The scientific community needs to ask these same questions immediately. I hadn't thought about the unintended possibility of creating brand new diseases and you may be onto something humanity will face in coming years! Science is interesting but can also be a bit scary at times. Thanks for this.

Highly professional

Unintended Consequences

Too many questions, and I'm afraid the answers we get right now will breed more questions.

Exactly!


SDG

If only the world were ready to deal with complex and nuanced ethical questions, but we are still busy beating and poking each other with sticks. The consequences of our tech is well beyond the perspicacity of the commoner in the struggle for survival and titilation. Peace

Agreed. Lets try to get people focused on the big issues. We need to get along and we need to work this stuff out before it moves beyond our control.

I've been thinking about life extension technology a lot lately, CRISPR definitely falls into line along this line of thought. Besides the clear ethical issues that could arise, and the inevitability that once this tech is available - people will be using it for all manners of life enhancement modifications; what has got me all twisted up is the spiritual questions this will present.
Some people take the perspective that people should dance with the one that brought them, in other words, maybe WE CHOSE to incarnate with these issues/diseases because it offers the soul (or whatever part of us extends beyond the material) the chance to grow. Another twist on this would be how it interplays with karma and/or reincarnation.
Similarly, if people start being able to live forever in this body or AI/Robots or whatever, is there something that we're missing out on regarding post-bodily-death? As if you were playing a video game and ingame found a way for your avatar to never logout because you forgot you were playing a game.

Maybe there is no GAME OVER

Plato tried to argue that eugenics was important for society going forward, and although this is much more advanced, it’s a similar way of constructing a perfect society. Is it ethically correct? Used in the right context, I’d say yes, but you know how dumb humans can be. And there’ll be a race on tonnage the first real Frankenstein because one country or the other wants to be the “most advanced”.

This may be true. It's undeniable that there are secret research facilities that are essentially above the law. Eugenics may have advantages but it comes as a cost. Take WW2 for example, creating an us vs. them societal structure can be incredibly reckless and dangerous.

Can you cite where Plato wrote this?

i have understood this info. Thank you for science posts)

I think gene editing is really possible.

A very well written read from @adsactly.

It is indeed amazing they can prevent Down Syndrome.

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This subject matter posts an ethical dilemma to some degree. Gene-editing can alter a person’s genetic make-up, but what if it can serve an advancement in the field of medical technology? say for finding a cure to a disease. Very good article indeed. This post can be an eye opener to Steemian audience and the rest. Kudos!

Yes
Your are absolutly right.
We need to more critical thinkers in this world

thanks to the recent discovery, we can have crispr designer babies. who doesn't want humanity to be smarter?

Can we become a centaur? Or anubis?

maybe in the future I can be a wolverine

That’s interesting

Morality is always a grey area when it comes to something like genetic engineering.

This post reminds me of a 1997 Jude Law/Ethan Hawke movie called Gattaca- wonder how many remember it...

yes it was

@adsactly You rise a very important questions.i dont think so we should play the rules of god or ownership of god.we have not any right to play god decision.we should own our dna.and we have not any right to play hopes of poor people who could not afford these types of treatment.

everything is perfect in this world because everything is created by God we cannot rise any question on DNA and cannot think to any change in this .and this everything promoting just for 1 class who is rich which is hardly 4 to 5 % of the world population and even we can not determine its results that it will be positive or negative for the whole world.Great article i appreciate you @adsactly.

God created DNA and bio engineering as well then! By giving us the tools and insight to use these methods, he must be agreeing with us in doing so :)

I am sure it can be used for single gene editing with 100% testable results :) and the world is not in question when it comes down to the suffering and pain of 1 individual.

Humans have free will to embrace God ( or the intelligence behind natural creation) or defy it. This is a defiance of creation of the highest and will (already has) grave consequences.

: ( meh so you are saying we should not stop the pain and suffering at individual level just because the cure it touches on genetics ? its just correcting a simple mistake :) we could be responsible for the mistake in the first place, chemicals in food or radiation might have caused the genetic failure! so god would want us to stop the pointless suffering ?
I can both embrace altruism, creation and gene silencing of mutated genes leading to grave disease!

Wow what an great announcement
. I didn't know we can change gene.

Well That was realy an informative post :) You just got a new follower

this is very good post thanks for the posting.
@rajat1802

As a molecular biologist, I also agree you don't own your own DNA. Technically, DNA isn't owned by anyone. It is strictly a code or template for you to produce all the proteins needed for life. Given that, I believe genetic editing is acceptable to an extent. As I closely follow the new discoveries in genetics, I would like to point out that 90% (give or take some) of genetic editing isn't to make a "super human". It mostly consists of preventing or treating devastating diseases and ailments. I think it's great that couple's who have conflicting blood types or carry genetic material that causes various diseases can still have kids and know that their kid will grow up happy and healthy. Diseases like cystic fibrosis, downs syndrome and hunters syndrome are actively being treated using gene therapy editing using CRISPR AND Cas9. While, I do believe that there should be limitations on what should be modified, I think that gene editing is the future of health.

the world of technological progress, human thinking will increase as they think about the life of the world, nice post @adsactly

Yes man You are Right @rizalfajri Technologies are growing too fast

Great article @adsactly. In a way gene editing is like speeding up human evolution, but we forget that we can't cheat Nature, because our environment of which we seem to have no regards for encodes information inside our genes. Nature in the end always has the last laugh.

I am not so sure that we can know which way our actions will take us regardless how much energy we put into the discussion (although, its an important discussion). I happen to think that nature is on a path like a raging river. We are already in the midst of a wild and chaotic ride. Lets just take it and see where it goes...

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I just think the future holds some crazy stuff.. We probably should avoid GMO humans though lol.

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Technology speaks wisdom of man

Gene Editing as far as helping diseased and suffering humans is good.
But the basic problem is rich and affordable couple in future will think that by using this technology they would like to have their children as bright as Abraham Lincoln or like these:

then what happens?
like wise a hard core terrorist wants to have a hardest core? then what happens?
if the technology can be controlled up to helping sufferers that would be fantastic. but who can monitor and control?
parallel GOD or Satan is dangerous.

Amazing post. Thank's for the information

Well, in the world of science, what can be done, even just an idea is possible. So ethical or unethical is not the question because generally scientists are acted upon by their own will and not by the divine's will.
Divine will is where we based our ethical rules/laws and values. It's totally opposite.

Great article, thank you for sharing your opinion on this important topic. The question of where to draw the line between sick and healthy is as old as medicine itself. Pure orientation to the statistical norm is problematic. As you describe it with deafness, we should not be rash about judging what is good or bad. After all, every person has his own subjectivity, which is difficult to judge from the outside. Biologically it is also wrong to speak of a “good” or a “bad” trait. In the course of evolution, mutations have always been a "good thing" to make living organisms more varied and better adapted to their environment.
Of course, the genetic engineering methods are a blessing when it comes to relieving personal suffering, but we must not become uncritical of these methods.
And most importantly, we must do everything we can to ensure that the moral and ethical discussion keeps pace with scientific progress.

That article is amazing. Please share more articles like this.

Its very interesting article. Can we change the world @adsactly. But some discussion on it necessary. Although its good intro for steemian. Keep it up
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Great post about technology. Very good job. I don't know about my DNA, what about you? Follow and upvoted you. Thanks for the great post

相信再过20年,人类就可以真正破解基因奥秘。

gene editing is a interesting topics.

Science that is used to prevent human sufferings is good in my book

it's going to happen regardless of morals and ethics.. the sad truth

Nature has a certain balance to it that we have yet to fully understand. Who knows what kind of side effects this might have, accidentally creating new deadlier diseases or mental issues, turning an entire generation sterile, throwing off the balance of life's on earth (as if we haven't done enough damage through factory farming (check what they do with all that poop). This technology has the potential to solve all kinds of problems or create bigger ones that we can hardly imagine right now. Between AI and genetic manipulation, humanity seems to be in over its head. Our "right brains" have made some incredible advancements but our "left brains" have yet to catch up. Once we figure out how to really achieve freedom and peace and understanding, then let's put our focus back onto technology. That's my vote anyone. Though it seems those who fear death and are addicted to progress will charge on ahead regardless of what I say.

This is not coming from a place of fear, I would just rather not see any more suffering that comes from this anxious desire we have as a species to exercise completely control our environment. I know we can come at this from a more balanced perspective if we develop our humanity rather than trying to augment it.

Nature has a certain balance to it that we have yet to fully understand. Who knows what kind of side effects this might have, accidentally creating new deadlier diseases or psychological issues, turning an entire generation sterile, throwing off the balance of life's on earth (as if we haven't done enough damage through factory farming (check what they do with all that poop).

This technology has the potential to solve all kinds of problems or create bigger ones that we can hardly imagine right now. Between AI and genetic manipulation, humanity seems to be in over its head. Our "left brain" have made some incredible advancements but our "right brain" has yet to catch up. Once we figure out how to really achieve freedom and peace and understanding (by changing the structure of society rather than trying to overcompensate for lack of love) then let's put our focus back onto technology. That's my vote anyway. Though it seems those who fear death and are addicted to "progress" will charge on ahead regardless of what I say.

This is not coming from a place of fear, I would just rather not see any more of the suffering that comes from this anxious and unrealistic desire we have as a species to exercise complete control our environment. I know we can come at this from a more balanced perspective if we develop our humanity rather than trying to augment it.

Wow ...
Good idea, thanks for sharing

It's really a pretty new world.... Actually to me the best time in the whole of human history. Applause Technology!

same question raise in my mind
Is humanity really on a mission to create 'super-humans' is essentially delegating normal people to a sub-class of humanoid more than a bit worrying.?

I consider and believe that the human genema is wonderful!, a wonder that should only be seen and not manipulated, however as everything often suffers small mutations and I consider that genetic engineering is very risky, after all manipulating chains and chains of Tiny DNA looking for an individual's improvement or even long-term for generations can bring great health problems to future generations.

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Hi this is a great post

Great post about technolgy
Thanks for information

If you want to go deep further into this discussion, you MUST read the work that has been done by Nick Bostrom.
https://nickbostrom.com/ethics/genetic.html
He's a philosopher and one of the greatest minds of our time.

The microscope and the analyzer pictures remind me of Princess Marie Louis Children Hospital

a very well written amazing post

My niece was born with Down Syndrome. I love her dearly but if there had a been way for her to parents to have remedied her condition this would have been a better outcome for her.

I'm very sorry to hear this. The power to do good certainly exists in this new field of gene editing so I can only hope its applied on a broad scope and affordable to as large a number of people as possible.

Whether one thinks ethically or not, we are clearly going in a direction where gene editing is going to become the norm. It is exciting and scary at the same time!

Awesome post my guy! Well done!

The cause of many diseases that genetically modified foods.I am against genetic science

I do believe we should cure desease and improve our genetics if we have the chance. It would improve our lives and the world.

Every time we take vitamins we are doing exactly the same, but in a less advanced stage.

Thought-provoking article! We need more critical thinkers in this world

interesting ..

A great post

From what I've seen, I think that behind the curtain gene editing is happening for quite some time.

Thanks for sharing your viewpoint.

It can create troublesome..

Not at all....

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Great Post! In my opinion, re: Genetic Manipulation or editing - this is left brained option, disconnected from Source, part of the unravelling, but not with out its merits, as long as it is safely kept in the Lab. But it hasn't been has it?! Its already been released into Nature and the Unravelling has begun. We barely know our ass from our elbow when it comes to Genetic Modification, yet we blindly stumble on like drunken fools. All knowledge and options must be considered, but only the pure truth should be acted upon.

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Finally, users to talk about nerd stuff. There exists a moral obligation is editting genes. It alters the gene pool and loses the touch of variety and diversity in nature but does have its advantages especially in terminal and chronic illness prevention.

I need more posts like this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this

Very incisive

It is so sad that down syndrome is viewed as a reason to terminate. I have an aunt with down syndrome and she is the happiest person I've met and she makes everyone around her smile. She is so much fun to be with!
The majority of people with down syndrome are as happy as can be, love their looks, think they are very smart, and make others happy. Why would we want to destroy such a life?

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Don't you think the next generation is robotic.. So what is benefit of making human body more creativity and intelligent? Because robots can do unexpected things :)
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greate post. i like it

Eventually we will live in a world where people will be able to enhance themselves and their offspring. I wonder will Eugenics be revisited or will genetic augmentation be able to find a place in society along with cybernetics and other augments of the coming years.

Questions and concerns will always arise regarding this topic and it will be quite difficult to reach a consensus as many will sway one way and many others will sway in the opposite direction... thus it raises the question, 'do the pros outweight the cons, or vice versa...?' Which we all know can be very difficult to determine, thus the controversy shall remain.... personally I think this could be largely beneficial for society for a number of reasons, but it will be very difficult to get those who don't support your ideas to back you... the argument may go back and forth as it has been for years for another number of years to come.... GREAT POST here, thoroughly enjoyed

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Thanks Conrad! You seem like a pretty educated guy. Please drop by my blog and weigh in on some subjects there. Adsactly needs more critical thinkers like you!

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Hey thanks! and for sure, I will definitely drop by and share my thoughts... thanks for reaching out @techblogger

I think it's not true, it can even create big problems @adsactly

Great post there, keep up good work !

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awesome work dude.

editing gene, to make babies healthy is way more ethical than rather choosing the healthy embryo then discard the rest. Just saying.