Designer babies coming soon

What does the scientist behind new gene-editing technology think about the ethics of using it?
Dr. Jennifer Doudna (photo from Pomona College Magazine)

Dr. Jennifer Doudna (photo from Pomona College Magazine)

The following comes from a March 18 BioEdge article by Michael Cook:

Geneticist Jennifer Doudna, a researcher at the University of California Berkeley who discovered the genome editing tool CRISPR, believes that designer babies are only a decade away.

But for the moment, she believes that there should be a moratorium on editing the human genome, especially for traits like eye color and IQ. “It should not proceed until we have a chance to understand better how the technology operates in those kinds of cells, as well as to provide time for societal consideration,” she told the Wall Street Journal. But she does believe that CRISPR should be used to cure genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. When the wrinkles are ironed out, CRISPR will become as common as IVF is nowadays.

“I wonder if over time people will get comfortable with the idea of human genome editing in embryos, at least if it were going to correct a mutation that would otherwise give rise to a debilitating lifetime disorder and maybe to even remove some kinds of debilitating bad diseases from the human genome completely.”

Tinkering with the genome is a momentous step, she acknowledges:

“It’s kind of a profound thing because if you really think about it; it really means altering human evolution on some level.”

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  1. Michael McDermott says:

    Designed Intelligently?
    The story on ‘Designer Babies’ left quite a lot out, Spiritual questions aside.

    There seems an inherent presumption that Deliberate Mutations (Not ‘evolution’ – whatever directions that theory has evolved in to) Will Produce Certain Outcomes…

    – Without having any effect on any other aspects of this living Human Being – like producing adorably cute looking psychopaths with extraordinary strength and guile???
    Playing Designer (particularly based On Yourself as a model) is always tricky, although I believe North Korea’s hereditary communist dictator may already be building his own clone army…albeit with better eyesight.
    Kind of like a bad woody allen movie, without any puns to punctuate.

  2. Michael McDermott says:

    “American College of Pediatricians Calls Gender Transitioning ‘Child Abuse’

    The American College of Pediatricians is condemning the growing fad of parents letting children undergo surgical and hormonal treatments to match their chosen “gender identity” as “child abuse.”
    “[f]acts – not ideology – determine reality.”

    The statement explains that there is a difference between an individual’s biological sex—which is “an objective biological binary trait”—and the “sociological and psychological concept” of gender.

    “People who identify as ‘feeling like the opposite sex’ or ‘somewhere in between’ do not comprise a third sex. They remain…

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      The American College of Pediatricians is a made up group of 200 politcally motivated people, not the professional organization to which 60’000 physicians belong, the American Academy of Pediatrics. The “college” has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because they tell lies about LGBT people.

      • Canisius says:

        Southern Poverty Law Center… ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha another illegitimate leftist group that believes in thought crimes.. they detest traditional Catholics… Figures you would quote YFC…..

      • So, I guess what you are saying is that it takes one to know one, since the Southern Poverty Law Center is a known hate group.

      • “In the name of progress” children are being abused; physical, mentally, socially, and most of all spiritually. Scripture clearly states: Luke 18:16, Matthew 18:6. (I will let you look them up) YFC, you can speak your mind (feelings, emotions) but what is True and Good will always remain: We are created by God, male and female.

      • Ann Malley says:

        ….and the Psychiatrists who took “homosexuality” off the list of psychological disorders were similarly, just men and women. Politically motivated, no doubt.

        The SPLC is just a small body of biased haters – they hate on the truth and seek to smear anyone or anybody inclined to speak to the reality of situations.

        Thanks again, YFC, for posting the absurd scrambling of present day academics and change/agents.

        • Your Fellow Catholic says:

          Realize that 200 “pediatricians” going up against 60,000 licensed and practicing pediatricians isn’t a viable expression of science. It is well known that those 200 “pediatricians” have no positions outside of things relating to sexual issues and sexual morality. Conservative sexual morality at that.

          When you and those like you go back to the 1970s era removal of homosexuality from the DSM, your forget that that decision has been reaffirmed every year since through new editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. There have been plenty of opportunities to reverse that decision, if it was indeed wrong at the time it was made.

          • Canisius says:

            To YFC everything comes down to sex and how his ilk has taken God’s greatest gift and they perverted and maligned so it becomes in end in itself. They take what is fertile and make it sterile…

          • Your Fellow Catholic says:

            What is my “ilk”?. Those who respect the conscience of others? Those who understand that we live in a democracy with various religious and moral expressions and respects all of them? Those of us who respect the first amendment’s call for a government that recognizes no religion but respects all of them?

          • Canisius says:

            YFC I will never respect the conscience of those who wish to undermine the moral order and have for a very long time in the name of sexual anarchy.

          • Your Fellow Catholic says:

            Well, Canisius, I suppose you don’t have to respect the conscience of anyone. However, the Catholic Church does. In fact, it dedicates several paragraphs of the Catechism to the obligation to follow one’s conscience.

          • Canisius says:

            Once again YFC you get it wrong… the obligation to is follow one properly form conscience based on the natural law and moral teachings of the Church not your concupiscence…like Lucifer’s conscience you will not serve.

          • Your Fellow Catholic says:

            Canisius, you just made up that teaching. It doesn’t exist the way you put it in the catechism.

          • I made up nothing YFC, your conscience is not God, you sound like a little girl who just lost an argument to her older brother..By your reasoning you make yourself God, you have have the final say, when in fact it is Christ who has the final say, through His teachings via the Church and the Natural law…You are wrong YFC as you always are, but then again you are a leftist and sodomite before you are a Catholic

          • And what God reaffirms through Church teaching and His Word does NOT need a board of scientists to confirm. Just because it’s “sounds” scientifically correct, because of their educated reliance upon human minds, does NOT coincide with Truth: God created US male and female, and the manner which we are brought conceived is sacred. And this article is about designer babies is proof of how far away people are stepping away from Truth.

        • Michael McDermott says:

          Southern Poverty Law Center Linked to Family Research Council Shooting in Chilling New Interrogation Video

          Act of Domestic Terrorism Puts Spotlight on Self-Appointed ‘Hate’ Watchdog
          Federal Bureau of Investigation interrogation video – Floyd Lee Corkins, who stormed the Family Research Council’s (FRC) headquarters on August 15, 2012 and started firing, says that he picked his target from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) website.

          Corkins pled guilty to three charges, including committing an act of domestic terrorism while armed – the first such charge in Washington, D.C.

          Corkins has said that, “I…

  3. Michael McDermott says:

    ‘Transgender’ conditioning is ‘child abuse’
    By J. Matt Barber

    George Orwell famously wrote, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
    For those tethered to biological reality, the self-evident truth that, prior to birth, people develop either “XY” or “XX” genetic markers and, as such, are objectively, and shall forever remain, either male or female, is as plain as blue is blue or pink is pink.

    Indeed, notwithstanding the politically driven “LGBT” agenda that pretends otherwise, those who suffer with “gender dysphoria” disorder will stay, as born, either male or female, whether or not they play dress up, sterilize themselves and…

  4. Read Matthew 18:7 May God have mercy.

  5. I don’t understand a lot about this, however, if medicine can safely eliminate birth defects in the womb, isn’t that a good thing? While I don’t see why Michael McD connected the story to transgenderism, I do worry hat someday science will be able to tell if an unborn child will be gay, leading to parents aborting them.

    • Canisius says:

      So C&H what would your lesbian pro abortion fellow travelers do with that moral dilemma ?????

      • First of all..I’m anti – abortion. Second, when I’ve raised the question some of my LGBT friends have reconsidered their thinking. Also, as a general rule, lesbians don’t have abortions

        • Lesbians may not have abortion but they are sure as hell are in the pro death side of this argument

          • Your Fellow Catholic says:

            Pro-death-side. How, exactly? I’ve never met one.

          • but Canusis …I’m not, nor was Helen.

          • Canisius says:

            YFC, that’s because you will in a safe world of make believe and gayness.. Pro Death side is basically those who slaughter the unborn for profit and sell the parts and accuse those against such barbarism as anti-woman…basically the political left, which cannot have enough dead unborn babies in the name of sexual “freedom”… C&H the entire lesbian aka political belief is anti-family, anti-man, pro-death I was surround by it so don’t tell me what i know to be true…

      • Michael McDermott says:

        Canny: Author Jess Wells in her book “Lesbians Raising Sons” already outlined the Separatist / Exterminationist ‘tolerance’ Pogrom of the Twysted Sisterhood:
        ‘Lesbians Raising Sons’, Anthology by Jess Wells 1997

        Baby Boys are “Little Rapists” to be exterminated: “the male sperm – had been poured down the sink”

        “It was essential that I have a girl… I was profoundly disappointed. I wept. I sobbed… it brought up in me a frightening rage at the patriarchy.”…
        ”More insidious, there is a move afoot to regulate access to sperm…”

        Failure to abort the “Little Rapist” has consequences:
        “I kept thinking of all the concerts from which we would be excluded, all the radical conferences at which we wouldn’t be welcome, all the…

  6. Michael McDermott says:

    Not Born This Way

    “Almost without exception, the gay men I know (and that’s too many to count) have a story of some kind of sexual trauma or abuse in their childhood – molestation by a parent or an authority figure, or seduction as an adolescent at the hands of an adult.

    The other reason actually discussed in the community is that, because of the Aids crisis and the emergence of drug resistant strains of contagions like herpes and gonorrhea, gay men are compelled to seek new, untouched young men.”

    The gay community must face the truth and see sexual molestation of an adolescent for the abuse it is, instead of the ‘coming of age’ experience many regard it as being.”

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