[LMB] We've been discussing gene engineering on people...

Harvey Fishman fishman at panix.com
Sun Oct 6 04:03:11 BST 2019

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From: "Gwynne Powell" <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
Bcc: fishman at panix.com
To: "lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk" <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
Sent: 10/5/2019 10:51:35 PM
Subject: [LMB] We've been discussing gene engineering on people...

>From: Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com>
>Gwynne: It's been stated several times that life-limiting conditions would be
>candidates for elimination. Would you let your child be born with Cystic Fibrosis?
>Genes for breast cancer, Alzheimers, Parkinsons....? All the heartbreaking
>variations of motor neurone diseases? If you've seen children suffering from
>terrible chromosomal disorders and genetic problems, it'd be easy to put
>them on the elimination list. Brittle bones? Cardiomyopathy? Dangerous
>allergies? Asthma? Anything with the potential to kill, or to limit life. Yes,
>there'd be some line calls; high-end ASD can be beneficial. Low-end, not
>at all. Parents would need to consider how any condition would impact their
>child's life, what level of care they'd need, any benefits they'd have from
>that condition.
>None of this is enhancing, it's just removing problems. The child would still
>have whatever abilities and strengths were within them. That'd be a whole
>different conversation.
But you cannot change just one thing. Natural selection had done pretty 
damned well over the last N thousand years.


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