[LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Sun Nov 12 19:02:54 GMT 2017

On Fri, 10 Nov 2017, M. Haller Yamada wrote:
> I just want to say that I think we humans have a super-lousy track record for breeding humans
> to have certain traits. It backfires in some of the most awful ways. Look at the one-child
> policy and how selecting for male turned out to be a hugely bad idea that hardly anyone
> predicted -- or maybe they predicted things would turn out badly for the single males who
> couldn't find wives, but so few of the parents actually acted on it. At best, they didn't act
> and let nature take its course.

I'm with Micki here. Eugenics has been used far too often as a tool of 
prejudice and cruelty. People being sterilized after being accused of 
being feeble-minded or loose in their morals -- that was the least of it 
and that was horrible enough.

There some gene combinations, like those for Huntington's, that 
would be better if removed. And I don't blame parents for not wanting to 
raise a child with Down's or other intellectual disorders where the 
genetic problem is clear and limited. But there's lots of other 
genetically-based syndromes where I suspect meddling in the genes might 
just make things worse.


Alayne McGregor
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