In DepthBioethics

Shock greets claim of CRISPR-edited babies

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Science  30 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6418, pp. 978-979
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6418.978

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  • RE: Edited implanted embryos
    • Paul Joseph Watson, Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology / evolutionary Psychology, University of New Mexico

    In my opinion it is a foregone conclusion that humans will be "enhancing" themselves and their offspring via genetic editing. It is in our nature, and the evidence for this view seems to be mounting. Debate the bioethics of it and agree on regulations all you want. Impose your conclusions, if we can ever come to any, on humanity. I'm guessing it will not matter much in the end. You'll still have a frenzy of editing taking place, unless the above-mentioned imposition is incredibly brutal.

    But here is an idea about this phenomena anyway. It is about making the best of the oncoming genetic editing juggernaut.

    Note: In the lists of traits people are interested in editing away, you never see our greatest pan-human genetic disease. We all share it, with very minor variation, since we all are products of natural selection. Simply put, that disease is insufficient compassion, prosociality, and biophilia to make us a sustainable species.

    Of course we currently know little or nothing about what cocktail of genetic edits that, probably along with education, would give people the cognitive capacity to appreciate one another and wild nature enough to sustain the amazing human experiment and an appreciable proportion of the other miraculous evolutionary experiments happening our tiny earth. That already says a lot about us. Our brains have been designed by natural selection to crave, like we crave sugar and fat, edits that increase our survival a...

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