China will develop the first genetically enhanced ‘superhumans’, experts predict

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Daily Mail | August 3, 2016

By G. Owen Schaefer

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger or better-looking?

As the state of the science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called smart pills, brain implants and gene editing.

This discussion has only intensified in the past year with the advent of the CRISPR-cas9 gene editing tool, which raises the spectre of tinkering with our DNA to improve traits like intelligence, athleticism and even moral reasoning.

So are we on the brink of a brave new world of genetically enhanced humanity? Perhaps.

And there’s an interesting wrinkle: It’s reasonable to believe that any seismic shift toward genetic enhancement will not be centered in Western countries like the U.S. or the U.K., where many modern technologies are pioneered.

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1 Comment on "China will develop the first genetically enhanced ‘superhumans’, experts predict"

  1. Are we seeing opposing factions at work on this planet for future beings to do the labor? One is pushing the artificial intelligence, the other a genetically enhanced homo sapiens.

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