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Debating the need for genetic engineering of humans



I wish they’d just do it already, put us people suffering with disease out of your misery.


It is simple decency to genetically treat genetic diseases like muscular distrophy and whatnot, but once we start down that slippery slope there is no telling where it might stop. What if some totally amoral person like Hitler, Mao, or Stalin gains control of the genetic engineering of human beings, and finds a way to genetically engineer people who are genetically unprepared to question any kind of authority? Or, what if they find a way to genetically raise the intelligence of the general population to the degree that they can all design nuclear submarines inside their own heads? What if they genetically engineer walking computers? What if they genetically engineer athletes like Michael Jordan? Or Mohamed Ali? We might encounter questions like these in the future.