[LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

Pat Mathews MATHEWS55 at msn.com
Mon Nov 13 00:25:58 GMT 2017

Just the best athlete they can be; but I wouldn't try for the unbalanced shapes of some specialized athletes.

From: lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>
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Subject: Re: [LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

> 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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