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.