Are children their parents’ property?

"I consider myself pro-technology, even pro-robot. But I draw a line at eugenics. I don’t use that term as a slander — eugenics is exactly the right term for what Stossel and Brennan advocate." - Acton

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Bert Perry's picture

....the 13th Amendment comes to mind.  ;^)  Seriously, as any good software engineer knows, you mess with one part of the code, you tend to have some unforeseen consequences in another.  It's one thing when it's maize is involved with no sentience and a lifespan of eight months, but an entirely different thing when it's a human being with a mind and soul.   Mary Shelley wrote something about this as well, I'm told. 

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Aaron Blumer's picture

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It's hard to draw lines, but I see a pretty important distinction between editing out a gene known to cause a life-threatening disease vs. editing genes for sex, eye color, and so on. But even the former isn't hazard-free.

Bert Perry's picture

Aaron, good picture with gene editing, and it's worth noting that to do this--at least in the first generation--you've got to do IVF, which generally requires a LOT of eggs to be fertilized to get a viable child.  In other words, it tends to abort a lot of kids.  You can do it without that problem, but it takes some doing and expense.

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