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    Re: What is your opinion on editing human DNA?

    Maybe if we engineer all of our children to be intelligent, the USA will stop having such low test scores. Though we'll likely then have troubles with drug use and market oversaturation. Meh. I don't think the republican party is going to be in favor of letting us genetically alter humans anytime soon. Or the democratic party. Or the green party. Maybe the libertarians.

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    I think we should engineer politicians so they stop shoving stupid tests down kid's throats.
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    Re: What is your opinion on editing human DNA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Herbert View Post
    Maybe if we engineer all of our children to be intelligent, the USA will stop having such low test scores. Though we'll likely then have troubles with drug use and market oversaturation. Meh. I don't think the republican party is going to be in favor of letting us genetically alter humans anytime soon. Or the democratic party. Or the green party. Maybe the libertarians.
    We'd probably have smarter kids if there was more money allocated to schools and an emphasis on education.
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    Re: What is your opinion on editing human DNA?

    Or just start firing bad teachers. There's that option.

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    I myself think public officials need to focus on the public good,and much less on their political advantage that make them make decisions based on politics rather than what is right and good for the kids.
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    Re: What is your opinion on editing human DNA?

    Wait is this discussion about editing existing DNA (which I'm pretty sure you can't do) or editing the DNA of a potential child via IVF? The reason I ask is because as someone with genetic disorders, if there were a way to spare my future children of having any chance of inheriting my disorders, I would do anything to provide that, and have children of my own someday.
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    Re: What is your opinion on editing human DNA?

    Judging by half the wakadoo responses just on this thread..we really need to stop fiddling with things before we create something we will surely regret.
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    Re: What is your opinion on editing human DNA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Serria View Post
    Wait is this discussion about editing existing DNA (which I'm pretty sure you can't do) or editing the DNA of a potential child via IVF?
    At this point, its the latter, though I think we closer than the general public realizes to the former.

    Crispr can work on any individual cell type, though its not good (yet) at targeting the desired gene in an entire embryo...but I think its only a matter of time before we figure out how to precisely insert genes into the cells in an entire body or an affected organ.



    Some articles on the technique and its implications, for those that want to know about the future of humanity:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/27/us...ting.html?_r=0

    http://www.wired.com/2015/07/crispr-dna-editing-2/

    http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sc...503-story.html
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    Re: What is your opinion on editing human DNA?

    This is pretty cool too - I heard about it on Science Friday:

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    Re: What is your opinion on editing human DNA?

    GATTACA, anyone?
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