[LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

M. Haller Yamada thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 11 13:20:18 GMT 2017

Are you asking me, Raymond Collins? If I didn't make it clear, I don't think humans are very 
good at choosing traits, and shouldn't be gene-cleaning willy-nilly. 

My opinion of Down's kids (and adults) is that the ones I know bring a lot of joy to their 
families, and are often able to be productive members of society. I also think there should 
be caring public institutions for kids who happen to be born to inadequate parents who can't 
care for them. Just like any child should be protected from neglectful or abusive parents. 
What is your opinion? 

From: Raymond Collins 
Subject: Re: [LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

Way off subject.
I know several people who have Downs syndrome.  What is your opinion on

On Nov 10, 2017 11:10 PM, "M. Haller Yamada" <thefabmadamem at yahoo.com>

> Now we get into the territory of weighing up tragedies. Is it more
> terrible to have a child die
> of Tay-Sachs, or have three cousins die of tuberculosis? (Or three
> children, for that matter?)
> Modern medicine and technology has come up with ways to deal with malaria
> or sickle-cell
> disease or tuberculosis; now it is turning to dealing with the coping
> mechanisms that random
> genetics have produced. It's going to be a very long and difficult road.
> If we go the gene-registry route, well, at least we'll have some nice
> tropes for forbidden love
> in future romance novels (except for the fact that we've also got great
> birth control now, so
> these won't be forbidden romance stories, but forbidden child-bearing
> stories. Not My Cup of
> Tea at all).
> Anyway, interesting extract that lists some of the many genetic
> disease-as-resisting-other
> disease pairs. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/
> S2352304215000239
> Micki
> --

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