‘Designer babies’ debate should start, scientists say

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Rapid progress in genetics is making “designer babies” more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.

Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.

He said huge advances in the past two years meant “designer babies” were no longer HG Wells territory.

Other leading scientists and bioethicists argue it is time for a serious public debate on the issue.

Designer babies – genetically modified for beauty, intelligence or to be free of disease – have long been a topic of science fiction.

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  1. The last time this happened mankind was at Babel in the Bible. The entire species had their means of communication upset and the birth of many languages came about. This confusion sent us back to square one. IF the Bible is correct and I think it is.

    With that warning in place, these scientists claim to have the entire genetic code of mankind.

    What does that mean?
    We are genetically programmed to die of old age. That could change. We know that cells lose data with every reproduction. We start out with a lot of information and as we grow that information changes and disappears until in old age people fall apart.

    Intelligence and memory are also programmed into the genetic code. That means custom babies might be able to up the IQ to 200 or better.
    It means a lifespan that could go as high as a thousand years or more.
    Cancer cells do not age. SO the alteration of the code could give us near immortality.
    Health problems can be genetically altered so they do not occur.
    It means the end of disease as we know it.
    The social implications are enormous.
    What do we do with people that are given a new genetic code and return to a more useful and young body. Certain cells in the body never age. They are at the same as when we were born. Can we copy that and reverse aging?

    What does it mean if we are all long lived? Will the people have to stop reproducing to replace the old?
    We have 7 billion people on this planet right now. What happens to them?

    It could doom the entire species.

    In 120 years everyone alive today will be dead. Unless this breakthrough changes all of that.
    Yes, I agree, it needs to be talked about.

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