[Exi-east] Bring on the super humans
jbloch at humanenhancement.com
Wed Jul 6 15:35:47 UTC 2005
Apologies for sending something out nearly a month old, but I just came
across it and a search of my email archives didn't bring up any hits...
Genetic manipulation to banish anti-social traits and improve children's
behaviour, intellect and even sports performance should be considered,
says a nationally honoured medical ethicist, Julian Savulescu.
Professor Savulescu, who was awarded this year's Australian Society for
Medical Research medal, said rapid developments in genetic research
opened the prospect of "new breeds of humans" with higher intelligence
and freed of predisposition to criminal behaviour and depression.
Australians, he said, should embrace the potential for gene technology
and embryo cloning, particularly if they offered the potential for
improved quality of life.
"If this can provide us with the ability to enhance more effectively our
children's wellbeing, to give them better opportunities for a better
life, to fail to do so will be to be responsible for the consequences,
including their unhappiness," he said.
Professor Savulescu said Australia should rouse itself from "dogmatic
slumber and be open to a radically different and possibly much better life".
Research was already under way to identify athletic talent, which might
one day be used in Olympic selection, as were genetic studies into areas
such as addictive and sexual behaviour, intelligence and depression.
People already sought mood enhancements through nicotine, alcohol,
caffeine and Prozac.
"Our frame of reference must shift to rationally consider genetic
enhancements," Professor Savulescu said.
His call comes amid renewed debate over the use of stem cells involving
the destruction of human embryos, and just as a national review of the
regulation of this research is about to begin.
Professor Savulescu rejected arguments that genetic developments would
break the laws of God and nature, saying that Westerners had "voted with
their feet" about the moral status of early human life - the 100,000
abortions a year in Australia being an example.
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