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So It Finally Happened---> First Genetic Engineered Human Born in China

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http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/crispr-bombshell-chinese-researcher-claims-have-created-gene-edited-twins

Even THE Science Magainze has to use the word "bombshell" this time. As it is fairly HUGE. Researchers have had the knowledge and technology to do this for a few years know thanks to the ever advancing technology of genome editing and sequencing. However to be the first ever scientist to actually carry out the entire process from editing an embryo to actually being BORN.

This is baby step of course. As a matter of fact Monsanto has been doing this for close to a decade now to engineer livestock and poultry for better meat yields and meat quality. Everyone is waiting for someone to be the first to do this in human.

Genome coding/editing is extremely complex. To put into perspective, what this guy is doing is very much like a copy-paste coding in the programming world---->using established mammlian CRISPR-Cas editing protocol that are publically available and apply it on another mammalian organism--homo sapiens. The implication of this first step would be huge. I have little doubt that small scale gene editing will grow fast in the next decade or so. After better understanding of gene regulation network has been made, large scale species evolution may actually be carried out to improve every single aspect of human being: intelligence, metabolism, immunity, appearance and etc.

Figure 1: Example of smaller Gene Regulation Network--Local Regulation Nodes


If you have a kid definitely get them hooked on learning some basic genetic coding skills when they are gonna be at college age. Bioshock may come to life sooner than you thought.

Figure 2: Designer baby


 

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...to improve every single aspect of human being: intelligence...
This please.

I heard somebody the other day say that "the smarter you are the more likely you are to be depressed". I said "you know why that is right?". No...why? Because ignorance is bliss. Or, to be more specific, what makes a smarter person feel depressed is having to live in a world full of idiots.
 

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Only in China. The West collectively forbade it because of the long term implications.

If you have a kid definitely get them hooked on learning some basic genetic coding skills when they are gonna be at college age. Bioshock may come to life sooner than you thought.
It was said some time ago that the Digital Age will be replaced by the Bioengineering Age.

What we really need is large, semi-synthetic leaves for industrial CO2 -> O2 conversion.
 
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Only in China. The West collectively forbade it because of the long term implications.


It was said some time ago that the Digital Age will be replaced by the Bioengineering Age.

What we really need is large, semi-synthetic leaves for industrial CO2 -> O2 conversion.
And Drinking water plants
 

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Only in China. The West collectively forbade it because of the long term implications.


It was said some time ago that the Digital Age will be replaced by the Bioengineering Age.

What we really need is large, semi-synthetic leaves for industrial CO2 -> O2 conversion.
If that's true, how long before we allow it because the genetically engineered Chinese people are superior to us in every way? I can see it happening... we're always so worried about China, for some reason.
 

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This scares me because it will be only available to the "elite", so there will become even larger divides in society that there already are. This has the potential to be amazing, for medical reasons especially. I mean we can potentially eliminate diseases and improve lives with this technology. But what I really do not want is 'designer babies'. Where do we draw the line with 'playing God' ?
 

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If that's true, how long before we allow it because the genetically engineered Chinese people are superior to us in every way? I can see it happening... we're always so worried about China, for some reason.
The West could sanction China severely, further collapsing their economy in retribution.


Edit: I actually clicked on the link and the OP left out a very, very important detail:
He told The Associated Press (AP) that he altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far. In each case, the father was infected with HIV; the mothers were HIV-negative. He’s goal was to introduce a rare, natural genetic variation that makes it more difficult for HIV to infect its favorite target, white blood cells. Specifically, He deleted a region of a receptor on the surface of white blood cells known as CCR5 using the revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9.
The gene modification was medical (anti-HIV treatment) in nature, not "designer baby."
 
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You happy now froggy? Your frog-man dream is actually quite possible now. Provide you are willing to raise a frog-human hybrid baby from embryo of course.
thing is parents with bad genetics would be able to have kids without worrying of passing bad stuff to them and bringing a miserable soul into the world. I have some bad genetics and would love to have babies. Had 2 miscarries. :(
 
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