By G. Owen Schaefer with The Conversation Aug 3, 2016

  • China is set to lead the world in genetic enhancement, as many Western countries deem this science to be unethical and too dangerous  to pursue
  • China has more approving attitudes of old-fashioned eugenics programs
  • Was the first to edit genes of human embryos using the CRISPR-cas9 tool
  • China could become competitive on world stage forcing others to join

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger or better-looking?

As the state of the science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called smart pills, brain implants and gene editing.

This discussion has only intensified in the past year with the advent of the CRISPR-cas9 gene editing tool, which raises the spectre of tinkering with our DNA to improve traits like intelligence, athleticism and even moral reasoning.

Experts believe genetic enhancement is more likely to emerge out of China. Numerous surveys among Western populations have found significant opposition to many forms of human enhancementExperts believe genetic enhancement is more likely to emerge out of China. Numerous surveys among Western populations have found significant opposition to many forms of human enhancement

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