Why this topic?
This topic is interesting to me because we talked about it in class. We talked about the pros and cons and overpopulation came about. Overpopulation has always been something I have found really interesting because what are we going to do to solve that issue aside from the most obvious way (to kill people) which is probably seen more negatively than say let someone live with a genetic disorder and die earlier. Another thing that we talked about was the concept of ‘fixing’ people with genetic disorders. For example, I have a friend that has a disformity in his arm/hand and when asked, he said he wouldn’t change anything about him. He can still do all that every else can do and he is happy, so why is is that genome editing is so centered around fixing individuals as if something is wrong with them?
What is genetic editing?
Watch Paul Knoepfler give a TedTalk about the ethics of designer babies:
Ethical Questions to Keep in Mind:
- Should we be using genome editing tools in general (human, animal etc) and do we have the right?
2. Are we doing more harm than good by editing genomes?
3. Is genome editing accessible to all and what cases should it be ‘acceptable’ to use in if ‘acceptable’ at all?
4. Have we gone too far in our use of genome editing?