“Dr Kozubek said a world without depression, autism, schizophrenia or Asperger’s might also mean one without the likes of playwright Tennessee Williams… Thomas Edison was ‘addled’ and kicked out of school… Scientists tend to think of variations in life as problems to be solved, deviations and abnormalities outside of a normal curve….
Before we begin modifying our genes with gene editing tools such as Crispr-Cas9, we’d be smart to recall that genetic variants that contribute to psychiatric conditions may even be beneficial depending on the environment or genetic background.”
We risk killing the goose that laid the golden egg.
Let’s celebrate our eccentrics. Heaven forbid we should become some grey pastiche. It’s not just the genius/madness line. It’s more fundamental than that. It’s about the worth of human life. About decency being far more than intelligence or appearance. Then there are the unexpected costs. Who knows what the broader cultural consequences will be of accepting the editing of our offspring? I suspect they will not be much fun. The government will soon start mandating intervention to save later health costs. It’s only a small step from there to trying to create happy drones rather than discontented citizens. For their own good, of course.
We need to maintain the diversity of the human genetic code. Putting ethical, moral and second order consequences aside, the survival of our species could depend on it.