Human genetic editing has become a reality. This terrifying advance in technology comes with high risks to not only those children who are genetically modified (without their permission I might add,) but to the whole human race. The repercussions of such meddling are far-reaching and potentially devastating.
What was once science fiction has now become a confirmed scientific possibility not only within reach, but being practiced illegally in China.
Scientists have discovered how to genetically edit embryos.
Frontiers in Genetics reports in the Journal article Parental Selective Reproduction: Genome-Editing and Maternal Behavior as a Potential Concern by Andrea Lavazza that a Chinese geneticist implanted two modified embryos into two women. Two women were impregnated with genetically modified children.
At the end of November 2018, Chinese geneticist He Jiankui declared he implanted embryos, that had been genetically modified with the CRISPR-Cas9 technique (Ran et al., 2013; Doudna and Charpentier, 2014), into two women…In January 2019, He was suspended from his university—Southern University of Science and Technology of China, in Shenzhen—and placed under house arrest by the Chinese authorities. (source)
The Chinese geneticist He Jiankui implanted the genetically modified embryos into two women after modifying the embryos in an attempt to make them more resistant to HIV. However, most research says that his experiment is unlikely to be successful. He is unlikely to have prevented HIV in the children and there are a whole host of side effects that come with his meddling, including the weakening of the immune system and risk to vital organs.
The procedure [CRISPR-Cas9 technique] has been the object of much criticism from the strictly medical-scientific point of view: among other things, it has been defined as “misguided, premature, unnecessary and largely useless” (Cyranoski, 2018). On the one hand, guaranteeing only partial genetic protection against HIV, which could also be obtained with other medical methods, the procedure, which has not yet been sufficiently tested, does not seem to compensate for the high risks it entails. (source)
The proponents of human genetic editing cite the possibilities of curing or preventing diseases as reasons to start (or in some cases continue) using the technique. However, genetic editing has yet to be proven as a viable option for disease prevention and the risks are many, dark, and murky. Many believe that genetic editing could be easily abused and even used for eugenics. It could be used for control by selecting only the offspring of the elite to have certain desirable qualities such as strength and intelligence leaving the rest of the population with specifically engineered weakened traits.
Technology is allowing parents to custom design their offspring.
In the meantime, ultrasound and DNA testing are allowing parents to do their own choosing, making having a child seem more like buying a car.
DNA testing paired with IVF is allowing some parents to attempt to have “the perfect child.” Parents are now able to go to a fertility clinic, fertilize several embryos and then choose from among them based on the traits they want their child to have.
This article from the MIT Technology Review describes the test as “23andMe, but on embryos.”
Handed report cards on a batch of frozen embryos, parents can use the test results to try to choose the healthiest ones. The grades include risk estimates for diabetes, heart attacks, and five types of cancer.
According to flyers distributed by the company, it will also warn clients about any embryo predicted to become a person who is among the shortest 2% of the population, or who is in the lowest 2% in intelligence. (source)
So, what if your parents could have thrown you out because you were too short and they wanted a taller kid? It seems far fetched, but it’s not anymore. This could be our new reality and even a form of literal social engineering. If you’ve got the money, you can “engineer” a more intelligent kid or a more athletic kid. The social pressure to have a perfect child via genetic editing could become such that its on par with the American obsession with brands of clothes and the latest and coolest car. A disturbing thought.
The methods used in genetic editing seem a lot like eugenics.
David Keefe, the Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University’s fertility center in Manhattan was interviewed by MIT Technology Review and expressed concern that parents are trying to choose children as if they are picking items from a “menu.”
“Right off the bat it raises all kind [sic] of questions about eugenics,” he says.
Some, including Keefe, who have objected on moral grounds that this kind of testing has gone too far, have used the term “eugenics” to describe the methods being used in genetic editing. It is the selection process of humans for birth based on an arbitrary definition of “the perfect human.” And we are not the first society to try it.
Nazi Germany is a great example of the results of implementing eugenics. Germany under Hitler’s reign famously allowed only “desirable” individuals to live and sent the rest to death camps to be “terminated.” Those undesirables included the disabled and infamously Jews among other unfortunates.
And our generation is not clear of blame.
The potential for Genocide that comes with genetic editing is starkly real. Science and technology have already been used to engineer the termination of entire populations of Down Syndrome individuals. Entire countries including Denmark and Iceland and yes, the United States, have a deficit of the number of Down Syndrome individuals they are naturally supposed to have. And it’s not because there is a cure. It’s because children with Down Syndrome are being terminated. European countries and the US are using ultrasounds, prenatal testing, and “heavy-handed genetic counseling” to cull human beings before they are even born.
Creating designer babies will have serious consequences.
In an article titled The Real Down Syndrome Problem: Accepting Genocide, George F. Will wrote,
In 2016, a French court ruled that it would be “inappropriate” for French television to run a 2½-minute video (“Dear Future Mom”) released for World Down Syndrome Day, which seeks to assure women carrying Down syndrome babies that their babies can lead happy lives, a conclusion resoundingly confirmed in a 2011 study “Self-perceptions from people with Down syndrome.” (source)
This scenario, implementing genocide and eugenics, is not particularly new. We have, as a society, just found a new technology to implement these morally questionable methods. Of the other societies who have gone the route of limiting children to the “desired” child, there have been no winners, only losers.
Take yet another example – China with their one-child policy. As explained in GlobalDev, male children were the preferred gender so Chinese women would abort or abandon many female children and keep only males. As a result, there’s an entire generation with too many male children. This has caused a whole host of unanticipated problems including increased crime, increased violence, and low birthrate.
One can only imagine the utter chaos that would result from a generation of “edited” and “custom” children. History should have taught us caution and restraint, but it seems the allure of “we can” may have overcome the question, “but should we?”
What do you think?
Do you think there are any benefits to genetic editing? Or, do you think messing with Mother Nature in such a way is a terrible idea? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
About Jenny Jayne
Jenny Jayne is the mother of two wonderful boys on the Autism spectrum and is passionate about Autism Advocacy. She is a novelist who writes Post-apocalyptic fiction and a freelance writer. Her first novel is coming soon to Kindle eBooks near you. Her guilty pleasures are preparing for hurricanes, drinking hot coffee, eating milk chocolate, reading romances, and watching The Office for the 50th time. Her website: https://jennyjayneauthor.wordpress.com/
Shades of the Third Reich! Whenever I read an article dealing with what is obviously 21st Century Eugenics, I’m reminded of a quote attributed to the fictional character Dr. Malcom in Jurassic Park. The good doctor precedes to tell Hamilton what’s wrong with his theme park and says “Your Scientists are so preocupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
That’s the whole problem with a good portion of Science and Scientists these days. They’re so busy trying to achieve and prove something can be done, they never stop to contemplate if it should be done. Sure, no parent wishes for their child to be born or to develop handicaps and disabilities, but that child is loved regardless of those issues. This culling before and after conception is an abomination.
Good or bad, this will almost certainly become a reality.
I can see no good outcome from this….Dr. Mengele would be proud.
Ms. Jenny, the article is very good, I will send it out to my group. I would encourage you to watch the movie “AVATAR”, within the first 10-15 minutes, it describes the very details of what Paul, in 2Corinthians 5, gives us. “THE WORD” puts us in remembrance of who we are, and what we are, and where we are from. The extreme breakdown of the human genome by vaccines, gmo food sources, frequencies/waves of radiation, and the unimaginable exposure to nano-particles/nano-bots, are all a part of the depopulation agenda. You are in a simulation, I call it a “quantum biometric interactive 4Dimensional Holographic Sentient Simulation. It is all fake, phony, and false, created by “The Cube/HaShatan/Satan. Trickery/magic of man. Ephesians 4:14, “the Cube”. Thank you for such wonderful articles, my prayers are with you for your children. ABBA will bring all things to correction soon. Prayers & Blessings! look deeper into “THE WORD”, all the answers are there. it is a script/scripture, and it will be followed. Amen!
I am deeply saddened and disturbed by this. This is one area among several where we as humans should not go….trying to be God and messing with His creation. Satan is truly active in our world today and this is a product of his evil works.
All good Christians must band together and pray for divine intervention against this and all deeds that threaten all of God’s creation. Heaven help all of us!
Daze of Noah upon us. Cross-breeding, mixing species, genetic editing, etc. Just found out (according to MA) that a major vaccine had the genome of a specific male and you were injected with it. FOOL of his DNA or genome sequence supposedly.
Including his cancer, his psycho imprint, etc. Which I believe can influnce you in some way, if not physically or mentally.
God help us all.
What vaccine and what man? Come on, don’t drop something like that on us and leave us hanging!
Where did you see this? Is there a link to the information you can share with us?
MA, don’t you know MA? I don’t want to link him because he deletes my comments all the time. Do a Startpage search and you’ll find his column.
Could we edit out liberal tendencies?
OK. That was sarcasm. (I think)
More likely they’ll try to genetically edit conservatives…
OUR FATHER is going to do a CULLING on america,and when hes done 99% of americans will have died,HE HATES THEIR NEW LIFE STYLE AND HE HATES MEN WHO ARE CHICKENSHITS,and he knows 99% of the men in america aren’t men,their GIRLYMEN, to yellow and cowardly to stop their women from destroying the country,GET READY TO DIE COWARDS,oh,before you go,be sure to suck off your police gangs and military,they plan to kill you..
A little over the top for Daisy’s site, don’t you think?
It’s true, We are too late to unscramble these eggs. So we must pray that the people who sponsor these scientists don’t have an elaborate omelet in mind.
People have always been fascinated with scientific discoveries and achievements. But this striving toward utopia will have a bad end when they go against the laws and the integrity of nature and make brand new lies made out of people.
If we are trying to cheat death, pain and suffering, we need to stop asking how and start asking why.
If you believe “THE WORD”, that the word is “THE TRUTH”, I encourage you to listen to what it says. Proverbs 25:2 tells you that there are things hidden, that are hidden for you, not from you. “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Most have failed to pray James 1:5, “if any of you lack for wisdom, ask and he will give it to you liberally,”,but upbraideth not.” that means do not blaspheme him when you find out where you are. You look at this world as if it were real, when Yeshua himself declares, “i am not of this world.” If You are of Yeshua/Christ Jesus, you are not of this world. Again, the hidden blessings of “THE WORD” reveal that the same event has taken place in other times as well. The book of Jasher/Apocryphal writings, meaning hidden, in Chapter 4 verses 18-21 tell you that the same activity was taking place in the days of Noe/Noah. I encourage you- to read this book and gather the hidden treasures that bring honour to those who will receive the heavenly crowns. Jasher is mentioned in the book of Joshua and 2Samuel of the canon. Learn children of God, these things have happened many times before. You are in a SWS/Sentient World Simulation and “the word” declares it will get much much worse, to the point of cannabalism and debauchery beyond anything imaginable. Armour up believers, the lie of the pretrib rapture will cause much grief for those who do not understand. This world is not real, when you leave here you, your consciousness/spirit, returns to your Oiketarian/Heavenly body where you are from. Look deeper into “THE WORD”. He tells you everything. I encourage you to read Revelation 10 & 11, and know the identity of the mighty angel, he is a very very special angel. He’s coming soon, but we are still many months from his arrival. Learn children! In Jasher 4, they were taking animals from the field and mixing their DNA, In order to provoke the Lord. The very same thing they are doing today. Find the hidden treasures, earn your crown! Time is short and the final exam is coming soon!
I am only five feet tall, and I wanted taller children. I am also attracted to tall men, lol. My husband is a foot taller than me, and all my children (which happen to be all boys) are taller than me by at least 8 inches. lol Does this mean I “genetically engineered” my own children? lol
Other than that, this is a very serious subject and I feel that they’re playing god….