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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Brawny, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Brawny

    Brawny Anglophobiphile

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    http://singularityhub.com/2009/02/25/designer-babies-like-it-or-not-here-they-come/

    So, if you had the choice to change arbitrary aesthetic aspects of your child at no cost, would you?
     
  2. Sovieto

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    Yup. I don't see what is wrong with changing a random factor to your liking.
     
  3. Brawny

    Brawny Anglophobiphile

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    Losing randomness in genetics means a gene pool much more susceptible to disease and mutations from inbreeding.

    Plus, once everyone's blue eyed and blonde haired, the cliche definition of beauty would change. Changing your kids' genes would follow fad trends... I'd hope my parents didn't choose how I would look because it was "in" at the time.
     
  4. Sovieto

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    I would think this doesn't go beyond celebrities spending.. It would take 100s of years I'd say for this to become affordable for the average household. This would require some serious operation to alter the DNA, no?

    Also, I don't see how it would be inbreeding and cause diseases?
     
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    Gikoku Harakami ミュージック

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    anax4aero Nintendo Connoisseur

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    Gattaca anyone?

    If you've seen that movie, you'll agree with me that this is a terrible idea.
    Plus, interfering with the randomness of nature in a way is rather horrific...soon you'll have babies in tubes so you can make them more "genetically" perfect, and then the concept of love and family just falls apart.
     
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    Zubayr OLD SNAKE

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    You know how many Robert Pattinson's there's going to be now?.

    (*Shudders*)

    :O I COULD MAKE A PRINNY!.

    :D
     
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    I don't see how it would take hundreds of years to become affordable to the average household, since the procedure isn't that difficult (just some injections, really)- in fact, gene therapy (for people who've already been born, and doesn't pass on to their children) has been around for almost 20 years.

    It's not exactly inbreeding, the principle is similar- if it becomes fashionable to have a particular trait, say green eyes or black hair, then loads of parents will choose that for their children, so lots of people will end up with the same genes, which could lead to problems, since ideally the gene pool of humanity should be as varied as possible, otherwise more people are vulnerable to particular diseases.

    Personally, I would be okay with screening my child for genetic diseases, blindness, etc., but I wouldn't want purely cosmetic changes. Anax is right, the world of Gattaca is not one I'd like to see in the future.
     
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    AndThen? pull the trigger.

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    But variety is hot. It's not like everyone wants their kids to look a certain way. And there's no way that Asian parents will ever have a blonde-haired, blue-eyed kid. You're still only working from your own gene-pool.
     
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    Oh science, you make me giggle
     
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    I don't think many people would go for it, so I'm not that bothered about it.
     
  12. surfinrach90

    surfinrach90 I GOT A JAR OF DIRT.

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    Agreed with Napalm, I'd be okay with screening for deseases and whatnot, but I'd never want to change how my kid looks.

    If it helped with deformalities (I don't know if it does?) then I suppose that would benefit the child in the long run, so that would be okay. But I disagree with altering an unborn child just to please the parents. That's just selfish.
     
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    AndThen? pull the trigger.

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    You're not altering the unborn child, you're just picking one of many with desirable characteristics... right?
     
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    surfinrach90 I GOT A JAR OF DIRT.

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    Hmm, I was under the impression it was making alterations to one, not just picking a certain one? My bad, don't know too much on the subject.
    Picking out ones doesn't seem so bad.
     
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    AndThen? pull the trigger.

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    Yeah, they can't actually change DNA (yet). So, no matter how much I want a black baby, I'm just going to have to adopt. xD
     
  16. Brawny

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    Er... Asians ONLY want to be blue eyed and blonde haired. They often get surgery to get "western" "open" eyes.

    I'm pretty sure you're altering the baby that's already there.
     
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    DRMARIO Controversial.

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    I don't think it's morally wrong - I don't really think ethics and morals should come into this.

    I do believe, however, that we'll end up with a lot of people looking the same. Like Adam mentioned, the idea of a 'beautiful' human would change. There wouldn't be a variety of kinds of human, and I think that'd be a shame.
     
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    Meh, it seems like this is something they could mess up too easily and the child could come out messed up.
     
  19. surfinrach90

    surfinrach90 I GOT A JAR OF DIRT.

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    Soooo, if you were ginger, and your partner was ginger.. would you do whatever this thing does, so you wouldn't have a ginger child?

    I think this might just apply to British people. I've been under the impression that gingers don't get as much stick in other countries. But yah, whatever.
     
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