Richard Dawkins: The Dangers of CRISPR, Designer Babies, and Artificial Genetic Mutation May 21, 2019 31 By Bernardo Ryan CategoryArticlesTagsBig Think bigthink BigThink.com Bioethics Crispr designer babies EDU education educational ethics gene editing genetics Lifelong Learning maniuplation medicine morality mutation Richard Dawkins science in the soul taboo 31 Comments Sasori Tobi says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Genes does not give you talent. Reply Hugo Dantas says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm I love his tie. Reply John Kepler says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm When you tamper with and change something Yahweh God made, then the result is no longer Yahweh God's creation. It is an abomination… a Golem… a bastard, a mamser separate from its own unique kind! Kind after kind… kind in Greek means Genos, which in English means race… genetic race or species. Yahweh God originally created kind after its own kind, and for it to remain within its genetic pool and not mix with other kinds. Satan, on the other hand, has throughout history and until present day been destroying Yahweh God's creation exponentially by mixing kinds… race-mixing, GMO, geo-engineering, vaccinations, HAARP, 5G, etc. Go figure! It won't be long now. Praise Yahweh! What he did not create will be rooted up and destroyed!christogenea.org Reply Mark Caseon says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm What the hell is wrong with Dawkings? Why does he hate religion so much? Reply Mussebaguette says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm If you think about it we are already gene modifiy by nature like looks,personality and culture make us what we are.To say that it is a ethical issue is like to say that everything is racist every human is just a biologic machine animal with more intelligens nothing more Reply tech dude says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm morals are irrelevant. If we are all on one boat out in the middle of an ocean and a few idiots on the crew start punching holes in the hull with pick-axes, we are all doomed to die. We are finite creatures, flawed by design, to go against nature is to no longer be able to live in nature. Messing with the food supply, spraying glyphosates on plants, drugs and other chemicals in the food and messing with our genetics is basically punching holes in the boat. No one is walking away from this mess this time – no one. Just look at the "seed vault" in Norway, state of the art, meant to ensure our survival foods in case of a total disaster. Flooded out. We are the disaster that will claim us all, our hubris is the tool by which we cave our own heads in by using it as a bludgeon. The "elites" are not going to scorch the entire earth with their stupidity and politics and then just skulk away into underground bases to repopulate the surface one day. Nature will not allow the flea to destroy the elephant. To quote the bible; "God is smarter than all of their plans". To flip that coin, the brilliant-idiot scienticians are not as smart as they think they are and a bunch of inbred degenerate dynastic families are a genetic dead end on any time scale. It was fun while it lasted though – UN wants a 95% reduction in the human population by 2030 – that's a mere 11 years away, they will get it to, because the vast majority of you brain-washed idiots on every rung of the ladder are chipping away in the hold with pick-axes of ignorance all on your own. However the UN will not survive their own ridiculous, tyrannical draconian policies. Small comfort in a world gone mad Reply specretys says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm You shouldn't force baby to have music lessons but why not just make it stronger faster smarter than we are? Because our spieces has limits and we can very soon push those limits forward. Before doing it again and again, with whatever technology we have when limits of humans have been crossed by whatever we choose to become. Reply necromancer says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Too much always too bad!!!( Excessiveness is bad) Reply Jade Everest says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm But we do selective breeding with humans when you are physically attracted to the other person because of good appearence, intelligence, or creativity. Reply Masse Kakero says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm so who or how do we decide that genetic selection is not natural giving that humans are and whatever do is natural. in this sens what is Natural ! and as always we dont know. so i say Enginner the hek out of those genes because what else we humans should do in our little planet….I say we conquer the fkn galaxy. cuz WE CAN Reply Josh says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm my sister had a baby created through artifical manipulation of the embryo and the baby looks normal but for the love of god ive never seen eyes so dark and of the abyss like those childs eyes. it is seriously disturbing. Reply Sabrene Nasser says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm This won’t end well definetly. It’s very unethical. Not smart, what’s. So. Ever. Reply Whoa says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm The thumbnail looked like chicken nugs Reply mandar kumthekar says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Gene editing is currently underway ,though the progress is slow, we would see a rapid exponential growth and advancement in coming years .there are ethical issues and dangers ,but so far it has been proven safe and effective. Governments should be open minded to allow these technologies thrive and progress. Also animals should be ethically handle while experimenting. Reply Ryne Green says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm This designer babies make me think of what if the technology to do it is kept in the private market. The rich would be able to make their children better and the poor wouldn’t be able to afford it. The inequality would be even deeper than what it is now Reply Data Banks says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Brings to mind the "Sleepless" books or Gattaca where the wealthy can afford designer babies and funnel even more money into the hands of a select few. Reply Nathan Burden says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm JESUS IS COMING SOON THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS THIS ANTICHRIST AGENDA WILL BE DESTROYED Reply Bilbo Gavins says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Is CRISPR the name of technology that enables us to edit genomes? Reply Jaekov says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Super AI (synthetic god(s)) will one-day rule humanity. One of the expected perks of serving the Super AI will be genetic repair and improvement opportunities for the individual and future generations. Are you excited? Hopeful? Fearful? I'll be on their side when it comes time to swear allegiance. Reply Samuel says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm I just clicked on this because of the cheetos in the thumb nail. xD Reply Passport says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm This is slavery!!! Can you imagine the horror of having your parents make you? To live your life loving to play music and then finding out the only reason you like it was because your parents chose it for you? To see humans who chose for you to be a certain way in everything you are and do? To feel as if your emotions don't matter? Reply TheaterRaven says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Ya know, at least all Victor Frankenstein did was rob graves, cut up the corpses, and stitch his ideal human out of them.Seriously, this is some creepy shit, and knowing humanity, it would be used greedily or malevolently way more than for good, sadly. Reply Frey The Animal says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm i like his tie Reply Sarutobification says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm CRISPR = Meld Reply sirderpsalot says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm There's nothing wrong with GM, after all it's just a tool. It's more how we choose to use it. If we have hordes of parents choosing blue eyes and blonde hair for their future child, then we may have a problem… also I think we put too much emphasis on genetic control for traits like intelligence, when really environment has a major effect. Back to GM on humans, things like reduced probability of having heriditary conditions or risk of disease I think are reasonable applications. Reply mandar kumthekar says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Dawkins the great Reply Tim A. says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm We need genetic engineering to compete with machines. Reply Manos says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm What's wrong Big Think? You run out of gender studies book sellers to interview? Reply Fatwa Adikusuma says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Love it when a scientist honestly admits what he doesn't understand about Reply brinbrin62 62200 says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm Oh deer ! Reply Barry Fennell says: May 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm only an analogy? I think you could easily observe the evolution in computer history from the first giant vacuum tube calculator to the micro transistors of your multi-core cellphone. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.