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What do you think about the implications for altering genes for health reasons (e.g., a genetic disorder) vs. altering genes for cosmetic reasons (e.g., to get a child with blue eyes)?

As technology advances, the issue of "designer babies" and gene therapy seem to become a very real issue. In your opinion, do you think we should explore "modifying" genes? If so, in which cases?

What do you think about the implications for altering genes for health reasons (e.g., a genetic disorder) vs. altering genes for cosmetic reasons (e.g., to get a child with blue eyes)?

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As technology advances, the issue of "designer babies" and gene therapy seem to become a very real issue. In your opinion, do you think we should explore "modifying" genes? If so, in which cases?

I am against modifying genes; as a graduate who took several biology, anatomy, and genetic courses I am a true believer that things happen for a reason. Modifying genes and 'designer babies' is never going to be available to everyone, so where would that leave the ones who did not. What about for blood, organ and marrow donation. If biologically you are a matched for anyone's blood, organs, or marrow to save their life but because you were modified medically you could not help anyone. Modifying is a ...

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