DailyDirt: Children Are The Future, Engineer Them Well, & Let Them Lead The Way

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The movie GATTACA came out back in 1997, but the technology to breed better people is just now starting to become more practical. We've been able (through in vitro fertilization) to select a desired baby gender for years, so selecting other traits doesn't seem that far off -- even though gene expression is a pretty complicated process. Here are just a few more projects that could lead to designing our kids' genes with more fine tuning. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: autism, babies, children, designer babies, dna sequencing, eugenics, gattaca, gene therapy, genetic engineering, intelligence, iq, julian savulescu, parenting, zhao bowen
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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Sep 2013 @ 6:26pm

    I want to see the pseudo moralists try to engineer their children so they develop slowly and mature in their twenties so they don't start having sex at an early age, so they discover that those children need more care for longer meaning they cost more to raise LoL

    Or when the feminists want their male children to be more docile and so they repress genetic aggression to discover they have no drive to do anything and are like sheep.

    Or when gay couples want to make sure their children are all gay too.

    Or fundamentalists want to improve aggressivity and generate an unruly class.

    Well it should be fun to watch.

    As for genetically predisposing people for higher IQ that may be only part of the problem, we have many types of intelligence and some may not even be possible to put together with others because of how they really work, we don't understand what happens, we don't know how it works, so I am very skeptical about this route, it seems a dead end.

    Suppose the gene for math brilliance is related to how the heart works and it produces something that boost the math abilities while weakening the heart. Suppose that verbal skills and number skills compete for the same resources in the brain space or some other thing, I don't think those people really thought this through, when making such claims, but at least they are trying to understand how all works that is at least a good thing, even if it hits a wall.

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