Oxford Professor Says Genetically Altering Unborn Babies Personalities A Moral Obligation

January 22, 2013 | By | 10 Replies More

Aaron Jackson, Guest Writer
Waking Times

Genetically screening our offspring to make them better people is just “responsible parenting”, claims an eminent Oxford academic, The Telegraph reports.

Professor Julian Savulescu, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a “moral obligation” as it makes them grow up into “ethically better children”, this based on a few genetic links to ‘personality disorders’.

He said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to “harm themselves and others”.

Studies show that the child’s upbringing, including parenthood and schooling methods are the root causes of many ‘personality flaws’.  Other studies give strong evidence that nutrition, meditation and exercise greatly influence behavioural patterns and emotional well-being. This entire theory is also blind to the side effects of many medicines, vaccines, food additives and (some) GMO foods that have been proven to affect psychological behaviour, and this isn’t even touching on the possible beneficial use of marijuana and other substances for those with undesired personality traits.

“Surely trying to ensure that your children have the best, or a good enough, opportunity for a great life is responsible parenting?” wrote Prof Savulescu, the Uehiro Professor in practical ethics. Clearly without thinking of the potentially worse side effects of this theoretical treatment.

Professor Savulescu goes on to say that science is increasingly discovering that genes have a significant influence on personality — with certain genetic markers in embryo suggesting future characteristics.

In the end, he said, “rational design” would help lead to a better, more intelligent and less violent society in the future. Definitely something westernised nations will be pushing for – obedience.

Indeed, when it comes to screening out personality flaws, such as potential alcoholism, psychopathy and disposition to violence, you could argue that people have a moral obligation to select ethically better children. They are, after all, less likely to harm themselves and others.

He said that “we already routinely screen embryos and fetuses for conditions such as cystic fibrosis and Down’s syndrome and couples can test embryos for inherited bowel and breast cancer genes. Rational design is just a natural extension of this.”  ”Natural extension” he said.

He said that unlike the eugenics movements, which fell out of favour when it was adopted by the Nazis, the system would be voluntary and allow parents to choose the characteristics of their children.

Many human genes have also been patented which raises huge ethical questions, as explained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

A 2005 study found that 4,382 of the 23,688 human genes in the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s gene database are explicitly claimed as intellectual property.  This means that nearly 20% of human genes are patented.

Prof Savulescu:

Whether we like it or not, the future of humanity is in our hands now. Rather than fearing genetics, we should embrace it. We can do better than chance.

This type of genetic modification, called cytoplasmic transfer already results in a slightly higher chance of death and some have already been diagnosed with autism.

It seems that while we do not have freedom to smoke a plant or to gain access to effective cancer treating drugs such as DCA due to insufficient testing, the modification of the human species is taken lightly. Who knows what purposeful and accidental modifications will come from this.

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Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor –http://www.kurzweilai.net/genetically-engineering-ethical-babies-is-a-moral-obligation-says-oxford-professor

Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor –http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9480372/Genetically-engineering-ethical-babies-is-a-moral-obligation-says-Oxford-professor.html

DNA From Three Parents Okay, Genetically Modified Babies Are Ethical Says British Council –http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/07/07/dna-from-three-parents-okay-genetically-modified-babies-are-ethical-says-british-council

Mitochondrial DNA disorders Introduction – http://www.nuffieldbioethics.org/mitochondrial-dna-disorders/mitochondrial-dna-disorders-introduction

Julian Savulescu – http://www.neuroethics.ox.ac.uk/our_members/julian_savulescu

Preventing mitochondrial disease – an explanation – Newcastle University –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za6pTxcFdvg

Fertility breakthrough for inherited mitochondrial disease (HD) | A film by the Wellcome Trust –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wFn9Oj4u2E

9 Ways Exercise Can Make You Feel Better – http://www.fitwatch.com/weight-loss/9-ways-exercise-can-make-you-feel-better-605.html

Exercise and Stress Relief – http://exercise.about.com/od/healthinjuries/a/stressrelief.htm

Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity –http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676

Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms –http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression-and-exercise/MH00043

Personality Development – http://www.indiaparenting.net/person-develop.asp

Effects of parent personality, upbringing, and marijuana use on the parent-child attachment relationship. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10673836

Nutritional Influences on Aggressive Behavior –http://orthomolecular.org/library/articles/webach.shtml

Dr Russell Blaylock Nutrition and Behavior Aspartame MSG –http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2963728494205235281

Dr. Russell Blaylock: Fluoride’s Deadly Secret – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie6gJHqkSgc

The Links Between Diet and Behaviour – http://www.foodforthebrain.org/content.asp?id_Content=1767

The Links Between Diet and Behaviour. (PDF) – http://www.foodforthebrain.org/download.asp?id_Doc=96

Vaccines Will Soon Be Used to Control Behavior - http://www.gaia-health.com/articles451/000478-vaccines-behavior.shtml

Leaked Pentagon Video – Flu Vaccine Use to Modify Human Behavior - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MuXgpl2Sxg

Vaccination and Social Violence - http://www.whale.to/vaccines/coulter5.html

Vaccination and Violent Crime - http://www.whale.to/vaccines/coulter6.html

THE BRAINS OF THE INOCULATED - http://www.whale.to/vaccines/loat1.html

BEHAVIOURAL FACTORS IN IMMUNIZATION (PDF) - http://www.who.int/mental_health/media/en/28.pdf

GM Foods are Harming our Kids - http://healthandwealthcentre.com/gm-foods-are-harming-our-kids.html

Removing junk food (and GMOs) improved children’s behavior - http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food/junk-food-and-gmo.html

World’s first genetically modified babies born - http://weirdworldnews.org/2012/07/13/worlds-first-genetically-modified-babies-born/

Dozens of Genetically Modified Babies Already Born – How Will They Alter Human Species? - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/17/first-genetically-modified-babies-born.aspx

Meditation improves emotional behaviour - http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-13/fitness/31254064_1_meditation-practices-behaviour

DCA – Cancer Cure Discovered – But YOU can’t have it…. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LXH-TJYS5w

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  1. robertsgt40 says:

    I think Dr. Franenstein would agree.

    • Melanika says:

      Uh…ever notice that the geniuses that are always suggesting genetic re-engineering of offspring and the like, don’t have wombs and don’t give birth? Makes you wonder why the mother didn’t remake “him” into a “her” so “he” would be a “better person.” Sheesh.

  2. abinico warez says:

    Chance has got us this far and I doubt you eggheads can do any better – can you say Fukashima?

  3. kitty says:

    Julian Savalescu is unfortunately one many of a certain breed of scientist who are in fact eugenicist’s . Their views promulgated under the guise of creating a better society are nothing more than a blue print for ridding the world of it’s useless eater’s and mean’s you and me !!!!

  4. rgrtghrt says:

    jesus christ, its the insane drive for control thats got us into this mess where people are so screwed up and sick to begin with!

  5. XYZ says:


  6. Anonymous says:

    a world full of identical drones….

  7. moriyah says:

    Holy Geneticist Batman, this Prof Savulescu is gone ga ga. He makes Mengeles sound like a hobbyist.

  8. Maggz says:

    Excellent idea..We do indeed screen out physical abnormalities. It is seldom the people with physical abnormalities who do the damage it is the personality disorders especially psychopaths. The trouble is most people in power have this disorder which is why things are so wrong. People born without a conscience should be discontinued..The professor is making a lot of sense..There is just one problem..people believe psychopaths exist only in movies..but they are the trols..

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