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Post by phildidge on Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:53 am

One of the world’s leading geneticists says it will only be a matter of time before the genes of human embryos are ‘edited’ to enhance their health and intelligence – and it is something we should embrace rather than fear.

George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, said the current controversy surrounding the editing of human embryos was overblown and compared it to the short lived moral panic that preceded the introduction of IVF or “test tube babies” in the late 1970s.

Interviewed for a feature in this week’s Telegraph Magazine Church, who made his name as part of the international team that first mapped the human genome in 2003, said he was less worried about gene editing being used to enhance human intelligence than the technique being restricted to a privileged few. He predicted it would eventually be “adopted worldwide”.

“I just don't think that blue eyes and [an extra] 15 IQ points is really a public health threat,” he said, “I don't think it's a threat to our morality.”


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/16/should-not-fear-editing-embryos-enhance-human-intelligence-says/


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Post by Jules on Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:54 pm

Ethics in genetics.
Frigging minefield!! What a Face

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Post by Vintage on Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:14 pm

Who exactly gets to use this, everyone or just those who can afford it. Do we end up with a kind of Morlock and Eloi society?

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Post by veya_victaous on Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:10 pm

Vintage wrote:Who exactly gets to use this, everyone or just those who can afford it. Do we end up with a kind of Morlock and Eloi society?

depends on the economic system I guess  We should not fear 'editing' embryos to enhance human intelligence, says leading geneticist George Church 265384880 We should not fear 'editing' embryos to enhance human intelligence, says leading geneticist George Church 265384880 

You could put it on the NHS Wink 

I'd support Medicare paying to make everyone 15 IQ points smarter, it would pay off in a generation or 2

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Post by eddie on Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:56 pm

NO. NO. NO.

JUST NO!

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Post by Jules on Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:13 am

eddie wrote:
NO. NO. NO.
JUST NO!
Y U sit on fence ?  scratch


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