It will be used for good, profit, and potential "defense" purposes. The means to dominate our planet until we/it wipes us out or find a way to escape it. Regarding consent and gene-drives in human embryos. "Test tube babies" had no consent, and in vitro is no longer considered creepy.True, your child or her children's children, cannot consent to the fixing of certain genes. If CRISPR can cure genetic diseases, maybe you should have to get consent from your future grandchildren to NOT use it. It is the old "pull the lever to derail the train and kill someone, or pull the lever and kill someone else".I remember editing genes way before y'all were trying to figure out why cells looked like jail cells and we made a half human-half horse creature using toothpicks and binoculars. Yes, there will be monsters but I believe crisper tech will reduce unnecessary human suffering. One, gene editing will never eliminate disease, as pharmaceutical companies invent new diseases all the time. Without consideration of that fact, geneticists who think they will solve all medical problems via gene editing are like the doctors who assisted with our torture program: Make sure the heart is still beating send them forth to be tortured again.Do geneticists imagine that they will put pharmaceutical companies out of business??? Three, I think the word "mutation" should be removed from genetic literature and a phrase like "unfortunate epigenetic response" should be used instead.
The question that keeps popping up for me is: what is the difference between modifying genes using CRISPR to prevent a disease and administering a vaccine that does the same thing?
Mukherjee, in his tome "The Gene," equates mutations and variable gene expression in many places.
The word "mutation" conjurs, for me, this image of an unseen power nastily pulling strings.
Expand this analogy out into the world we really live IN, versus ON, and we have a track record of homogenization of ecosystems that literally are the soup of existence - and a recipe for extinction already firmly under way.
If that doesn't sell radio shows then how do we begin to talk about our survival/evolution as a species?