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March 10, 2009

Genetic trait selection

Regarding the issue of trait selection (3/4, A-1, “Special delivery: Baby blue eyes; A California fertility doctor’s offer prompts ethical questions”), it has taken millions of years of natural selection for us humans to become as intelligent, adaptable and good-looking as we are today. How much should we be tinkering with the blueprints? We still know too little about how genetics work and cannot know the effects thousands of years into the future.

Besides, think of all the teenagers unhappy with their physical images, such as the lay of their hair or the shape of their nose. Then they really could blame everything on their parents.

Jeremy Ruzich
Kansas City, Kan.

Comments

JUNGLEJACK

Sol - Gattaca is one of those low-budget, limited release must see movies. It features the stars Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman,Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Alan Arkin, Tony Shalhoub, Blair Underwood and Ernest Borgnine.

solomon

...never heard of Gattaca

JUNGLEJACK

I used "Gattaca" as an example in my term paper on genetic engineering... great movie - and a great paper, I got an "A". :-)

ChotoCK

Also the movie "Gattaca" with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

Marctnts

It is an extremely slippery ethical slope the clinic is choosing to go down.

Saddest line in the article: "Genetic health is the wave of the future,...". I guess eye color is now a health issue.

solomon

Anybody else remember "The Boys from Brazil"?

 
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