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Should Gene Editing be Used on Humans?

With the emergence of new gene editing technologies being more and more prevalent we have to ask the question should gene editing be used on humans? 

Yes it should

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No it should not

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Yes but it shouldn't be done by corporations or the government.

Side: Yes it should
Mint_tea(4348) Clarified
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Out of sheer curiosity, and I probably know the answer, why?

Do you think it should be done by a private practice? How safe do you believe it would be if the government didn't have a hand in it?

Side: Yes it should
LordofFacts(164) Clarified
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Do you think it should be done by a private practice? How safe do you believe it would be if the government didn't have a hand in it?

I don't think it should be done by a private practice, and if the government or corporations have a hand in it, it will be used for the benefit of the few at the expense of humanity as a whole. Humans have advanced technologically past the level that we've advanced psycho-socially and editing human genes in more minor ways will not be the end of the world but if we are still using the same socio-economic systems when the technology gets truly advanced it will result in the wealthy becoming a transhuman super-race and the majority of humans who can't afford biotechnological augmentation will become cattle.

Side: Yes it should
Mingiwuwu(1467) Clarified
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You can't have an LLC for medical practises, it needs to be a corporation, no matter how small. Therefore he's also ruling out private practice and really wants anarchy.

Side: Yes it should

I don't think "should" ever enters the equation. It will be used on humans, regardless of any ethic-based arguments to the contrary. There is too much potential there for any government or corporation to permit to go to waste. Terms like "designer babies" are already commonplace in language, so you can see the direction we are travelling. Eventually, if the species ever gets that far, gene therapy will be used to extend lifespans and give us superhuman abilities (i.e. perhaps the eyesight of a hawk or sonar tracking).

Side: Yes it should
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