Imagine a world where HIV and aids is completely eradicated. Imagine a world where an illness like the common cold and cancer are seen as distant primitive sicknesses and allergies are a thing of the past.
It would be amazing right?
Well, with enough research and innovation in healthcare technology we will find that a reality in which humans no longer contract diseases is around the corner. And genetically sick children (born with autism) for example are things of the past.
How could this be? How soon will this happen?
The technology for DNA modifications is here. Scientist like Jennifer Doudna “co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9. The tool allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA strands, which could lead to treatments for genetic diseases … but could also be used to create so-called “designer babies.” Doudna reviews how CRISPR-Cas9 works — and asks the scientific community to pause and discuss the ethics of this new tool.”
Many scientists like Paul Knoepfler estimate that by the year 2030, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain “upgrades” to human embryos. From altering physical appearances to eliminating the risk of auto-immune diseases.
What could a generation of these GMH (Genetically Modified Humans) be capable of?
How long could the human race survive with advances in health using CRISPR technology? As of 2012 the human life expectancy has increased to an average of 78.74 years old. With the highest global rate passing the 80-year-old mark. In comparison to the year 1912 (male life expectancy was 51.5 years) we have almost doubled the length of our lives in the time span of 100 years. Could GMH be the future of the human race?
What would happen to the standard of beauty? Well although we have not successfully engineered a “perfect” child in the sense of looks we have seen an increase in the amount of cosmetic upgrades done each year. According to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were 15.9 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2015, a 2 percent increase over 2014.
With the popularity increase in achieving a “perfect” or “Ideal” look its seems that Designer babies could eventually become the norm . With parents looking out for their children’s self esteems and the ever-increasing pressure to fit in, being a designer baby could determine whether you are excepted and embraced or thrown into the “ugly” category.
What do you think of this technology?
In my opinion I believe that this WILL be the future and we should embrace the advancement of out species. It will no doubt be a slow climb with ugly politics and opposing sides but I do believe the fight to get to this ever advanced future will be worth the amazing achievements that our future offspring will accomplish.