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    RE: Genetically Modifying Children

    Well, we're not too far off.

    In any case, forcing a child's personality and similar things would never work through genetics. It's a matter of nurture, not nature.
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    RE: Genetically Modifying Children

    True, I should have stated it in a different way. Also, when I was in psychology, APPARENTLY psychology is more on the study in the biological level than the environment. It amazed me as well but apparently that's how it is.

    And maybe not so much on actions, but would you think Eugenics would come into play again as it did for the Nazi's during World War II? Sure, designer babies might be a personal thing right now, but progression like this will only stay at a personal level? Or do you think it could come back? Like my History teacher said, "Nazi's execution of the Jews and other groups of people only happened because it was the perfect time for something like this to happen. It could not have happened during any other time period because you needed that strong nationalism that was developing in ALL countries." It may not be the perfect time right now for something like eugenics to come back, but it is interesting to see how far we humans can push the boundaries a bit further with each step.

    Also, should there be a boundary we can't cross? If so, where do you think it should be?
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    RE: Genetically Modifying Children

    The boundary should be the medical issue.
    Once we've past the point of health and move into the whole 'designer baby' thing,
    the question of construct comes into play. (Harry MacDougal anyone?)

    Is a child we produce to look and be a certain way still fully human?
    Or is he/she a product?
    A bio-android if you will.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    RE: Genetically Modifying Children

    The thought of a designer baby sickens me. I don't like the idea of changing my genetics in order to have my baby look a certain way.

    I'd be quite content to let my baby come into the world knowing there's a high chance - if it's a girl anyway - that she (in this case) would have PCOS (polycystic Ovary Syndrone). Since I now know about it, I can look out for the signs and help her along her way so that she doesn't get bullied for having excess hair growth, and aid her in keeping slim - or losing weight if need be - if she wants that. Certainly I won't let it get to the point where the only place she can confidently talk to people is on the internet. And the same applies if I have a son.

    My genetics aren't perfect - no-ones are. It's what makes us human. To make them "perfect" is a horrible thought to me.

    When I read this I feel it makes it sound like I'm pregnaunt... I'm not. I just find it easier to get my point across.
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    RE: Genetically Modifying Children

    If you open the door, people will come like moths to a flame. They'll have clone babies of the father or mother, Nazi babies that have certain rare traits, "perfect" babies that are superhuman freaks, and yes even stupid babies intended to be slaves to the will of the parents. I wouldn't put it past people to engineer disabled babies just to collect disability money from the state, if laws were not in place.

    The way humans are, there are bound to be people who will do those things without a second thought.
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