Designer Babies

So, let’s talk ethics and gene editing. Designer dogs have been around as long as domestication… We know where that went- ever seen a pug? “Cute” brachycephalic dogs with severe health issues and short lifespans, just for fun. Now, we’ve got CRIPSR because, obviously, we can’t spend generations and generations in-breeding humans cuz that’s just plain wrong. Is it still wrong to modify humans without the inbreeding, though?


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Stefani Robnett3 months ago

LOL

Michael Paulsmeyer3 months ago

Given my understanding of CRISPR, it would not possible to integrate just "any" trait into an embryo, right? CRISPR is most efficient at knocking out genes. That would require the trait be recessive. In this case, there is a large limitation to usable traits that could be integrated anyway. What do you think of this? Maybe someone with mammalian knowledge could contribute their thoughts?

Maddie Watts3 months ago

Currently, yeah CRISPR is gene therapy for humans, as you say, "knocking out genes" that are harmful. It wouldn't just allow people to pick and choose what traits they want their babies to have... But then again, CRISPR wasn't even thought about a little over a decade ago. I think we've yet to see the full scope of science and tech in genomics and genetic engineering. Progress happens fast. Also, yeah, hopefully someone with more experience in mammalian bio could contribute...

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