Unnaturally Selecting Gene Editing

When Gregor Mendel (peas be upon him) pioneered the science of genetics, little did he dream that the field would develop so dramatically. With the advances came questions of ethics regarding genetic tampering including the outrage caused by Dr. He Jiankui forumulating designer babies. The science can cause a passel of problems as well as substantial benefits.

Gene editing technology is rapidly increasing and so are ethical concerns. A series on Netflix is analyzed.
CRISPR genome editing / Image credit: National Institutes of Health
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Lives may be improved with the repair of congenital defects, but there is one very large problem: some of these owlhoots do not know what they are doing. They can use CRISPR-Cas9 and do some gene editing to some extent, but some seem to be the equivalent of people selling pharmaceutical products in dark alleys. To make the ethics questions worse

Remember, using bad science techniques, lack of knowledge, and microbes-to-microbiologist evolutionary presuppositions, scientists came up with the seriously flawed "junk" DNA concept. They believe that the puny god Evolution is involved in genetics. No, old son, evolution is not an entity, and it certainly cannot make selections. We were created by the Master Engineer, and he knows far more than we do.
The possibility of altering human genetics to create designer babies or to improve the human species has been in the realm of science fiction for decades. Well, the ‘future is here’.
In October of 2019, Netflix released the first season of a new miniseries called Unnatural Selection. It focuses on recent advances in genome editing and the many moral and ethical dilemmas associated with it. As Christians, we need to be aware of this new and growing field, for it is no longer ‘science fiction’. Instead, human cloning, designer babies, and the potential for the genetic enhancement of humans is staring us in the face. We cannot simply claim a few scientists are ‘playing God’, because the ability to do such things is more widespread than most are aware and because the field is advancing quickly. We need to develop an informed view that is based on what is possible and what is actually being done today.
To read the rest of this article by Dr. Robert Carter and Scott Ellis, click on "Unnatural selection — CRISPR on Netflix".

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