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Old 10-29-2009, 09:42 PM
JonIrenicus JonIrenicus is offline
 
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Default Designer Babies? Getting Closer?

Maybe not all the way, but its a bit closer

http://timesonline.typepad.com/scien...screening.html

Moment of truth guys, if you could sample say 100 variations and choose an "optimal" genetic combination with your spouse, would you?

I am not having kids for logistical reasons, but if I were and could choose from different combos, I would.

Am I a bad person for being that way?
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:53 PM
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Default Re: Designer Babies? Getting Closer?

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I am not having kids for logistical reasons, but if I were and could choose from different combos, I would.

Am I a bad person for being that way?
Not at all.

But you might be missing something if you attribute your celibacy to logistics only.
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:39 PM
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Default Re: Designer Babies? Getting Closer?

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Not at all.

But you might be missing something if you attribute your celibacy to logistics only.
Oh, snap!

In answer to your question, though, Jon, I'd say I don't think any individual is "a bad person" for wanting to design a baby, so to speak, but I am worried about what might happen to our species if this becomes widespread.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:16 PM
JonIrenicus JonIrenicus is offline
 
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Oh, snap!

In answer to your question, though, Jon, I'd say I don't think any individual is "a bad person" for wanting to design a baby, so to speak, but I am worried about what might happen to our species if this becomes widespread.
The opposite of this

http://vodpod.com/watch/2042680-idio...sequence-video


the obligatory response to what may happen if left on the current course.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:43 PM
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The opposite of this

http://vodpod.com/watch/2042680-idio...sequence-video


the obligatory response to what may happen if left on the current course.
I'm not going to watch that vid, having a good guess of what it's about from the URL and your comment, but let's just say if you actually (1) buy into the notion of an "idiocracy" due to certain groups of humans having more babies that other groups of humans and (2) don't understand what I mean when I express concern about messing with large-scale ecosystems given our current state of biological knowledge, then it's probably better we drop this discussion right here.

If, however, I've guessed wrong about the video's content, please let me know.
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