We are now fast approaching the ability to easily insert genes into the human genome. We can cut and paste.
This will mean that defective genes causing terrible hereditary diseases such as Huntingdon’s Chorea and Haemophilia will be a thing of the past.
We can remove all those genes which give us predispositions to cancers and other illnesses.
What a boon!!
The ethical issues will kick in when we take it further than that, as I’m sure we will.
We will also have the ability to select the alleles to optimise anything we want – beauty, athleticism, intelligence or various skills.
We could, for a certain cost, be able to order a whole smorgasbord of attributes for our babies. There could be a whole generation of designed children with optimised characteristics.
Will they be free to perform in the same Olympic Games as the non-designed? To take the same exams? To enter beauty pageants?
What will governments be after in the ways of skills and attributes – fearless, strong and ruthless soldiers? Highly intelligent and loyal scientists? The perfect spies?
What about the sex industry?
Will this treatment be available to everyone or only the rich?
What will they choose for their offspring?
Will this create a division into two distinct races?
The ramifications are endless!!