“Stop” is a word that has never stopped the enhancement of human powers. Latest example—creating humans whose genes are edited in the embryo stage. Dr. He Jiankui did it last year in China and intends to do more. Now he is joined by Dr. Denis Rebrikov of Russia.
Excerpts from this morning’s news:
Russian geneticist Denis Rebrikov last week went public with his plans to become the second researcher to cross this red line. “We can’t stop progress with words on paper,” Rebrikov told ScienceInsider yesterday, when asked about international efforts to ban such research.
“But in the near future, I think we can say to these parents, “Would you like to make some changes in the genome of your babies to reduce their risk of cancer?” And not only cancer, but different diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and so on.
Kaufman’s First Law of Human Powers: No enhancement of human powers can be successfully prohibited.
I invite readers to find any contradiction in the past 200,000 years of human history.