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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Good idea? Until such time as self-centered humans get the idea that breeding genetically perfect children for spare parts sounds good.

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Gehrig View Post
    World's first GM babies born | Mail Online

    Personally, I consider this excellent news and I am disappointed in the Mail that they only chose to print quotes from people opposed to such measures. Because of this scientific breakthrough, thirty families have been blessed with children they could not otherwise have had.
    Next thing you know the hippies will be screaming that these babies should be labelled.

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    The Daily Mail?
    The OP stated the bias.

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Quote Originally Posted by Un biased View Post
    The fact that children being born with with higher intelegence is so scary I need to lock my door... Yeah no child deserves a advantage in life .
    No argument there. Personally I think it's irresponsible to have a child with a learning or personality disorder if you are able to do anything about. As to the relationship between creativity and depression, and how they both work in the same part of the brain, I read that in several articles. I'll try to hunt one of them down again.

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    If it works to eliminate nasty genes that cause things like Alzheimers, cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, cellulite, male pattern baldness, Gingers, and bad eyesight, then I can get behind it.
    It could

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    You are sure making some sweeping statements based on no evidence.
    Well, not no evidence...anecdotal at least. I and many other artists have taken antidepressants and creativity and productivity (in a creative field) are the first things to generally suffer. But again, I'll try to hunt down that article.

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Well, not no evidence...anecdotal at least. I and many other artists have taken antidepressants and creativity and productivity (in a creative field) are the first things to generally suffer. But again, I'll try to hunt down that article.
    Ok, thanks.

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Designer Babies: Ethical Considerations (ActionBioscience) Designer babies is the street term for what the sceintist have acomplished

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    I don't see the issue.
    The issue is the slippery slope of eugenics. Designer babies. So many dangers here, we're messing with the gene pool, and that's going to bite us in the butt species-wise. Remember entropy.

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    Re: World's First GM Babies Born

    Quote Originally Posted by Un biased View Post
    Designer Babies: Ethical Considerations (ActionBioscience) Designer babies is the street term for what the sceintist have acomplished
    PGD is an expensive procedure currently offered only to couples at risk of having a child suffering from a serious genetic disease. But there is nothing inherent in the technology that limits it to such uses. For example, Dean Hamer presents evidence that the gene for a vesicular monoamine transporter, VMAT2, influences a trait labelled self-transcendence, that is, the “capacity to reach out beyond themselves, to see everything as part of one great totality.”7 He proposes that different versions of VMAT2 lead to different degrees of self-transcendence and, therefore, to different propensities for religious or spiritual belief.

    One scientist argues you can also screen for personality traits.

    Hamer’s proposal is controversial, but suppose he is right. You might use PGD to select your child’s version of VMAT2. Presbyterians who select children with the high self-transcendence version of VMAT2 should, however, be warned that they may end up with a child who expresses this selected psychological characteristic by way of a devotion to astrology.

    Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is not risk free.

    PGD does not involve the genetic modification of human embryos and hence avoids some of the risks described above. But it is not entirely risk-free. Some commentators fear that the removal of one or two cells from eight-cell embryos might have implications for the well-being of people created by PGD. Defenders of PGD respond that the cells of eight-cell embryos are totipotent, meaning that they are undifferentiated and equally capable of forming all the cells of the human body. As the technology has been in use for under a decade, it is too early to say with certainty who is right in this dispute.8

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