[LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sun Nov 12 23:51:20 GMT 2017



> On Nov 12, 2017, at 4:41 PM, Pat Mathews <MATHEWS55 at msn.com> wrote:
> 
> Heinlein had a good solution in BEYOND THIS HORIZON: The choice of gene cleaning or not lies entirely in the hands of the prospective parents, with certain restrictions. That is, gene cleaning to eliminate susceptibility to certain diseases, or (his prize example) to get sound teeth, is fine. But no trying for designer babies, which attempts led to the Genetic Wars led by self-styled supermen. (Yes, indeed, Star Trek DID steal that idea for the Wrathof Khan and didn't really even bother to file off the serial number.)


The hard part is defining the line of how far is too far.    Can we design our children to be as athletic as the top existing athlete, but not one iota more?


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