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Eugenics for dollars

You could have simply recognized the obvious, and kept ethnic groups together and implemented a gentle eugenics program, leaving only the hyper-evolved.

Instead, you the people decided that was Evil.

Now, you’re going to get a greater evil — the ability to purchase genetic modifications for your baby:

A Los Angeles clinic says it will soon help couples select both gender and physical traits in a baby when they undergo a form of fertility treatment. The clinic, Fertility Institutes, says it has received “half a dozen” requests for the service, which is based on a procedure called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD.

While PGD has long been used for the medical purpose of averting life-threatening diseases in children, the science behind it has quietly progressed to the point that it could potentially be used to create designer babies. It isn’t clear that Fertility Institutes can yet deliver on its claims of trait selection. But the growth of PGD, unfettered by any state or federal regulations in the U.S., has accelerated genetic knowledge swiftly enough that pre-selecting cosmetic traits in a baby is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

“If we’re going to produce children who are claimed to be superior because of their particular genes, we risk introducing new sources of discrimination” in society, says Marcy Darnovsky, associate executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, a nonprofit public interest group in Oakland, Calif. If people use the method to select babies who are more likely to be tall, the thinking goes, then people could effectively be enacting their biases against short people.


Well, no kidding there, Mr. Darnovsky. It’s too bad you and the other stupid sheep were so busy fighting the idea of eugenics that you forced its uglier, nastier cousin to surge through the back door.


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