How babies are being genetically engineered

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Mon. Aug. 27, 2012 by Roy Dittman, OMD, MH, DM

(NaturalHealth365) There you are in your fertility doctor’s office. The results of the genetic tests on your embryos just came back. Your doctor informs you that one of them has the AR gene (androgen receptor genes), which has been correlated with an increase in violent behavior. What he does not tell you is that the AR gene only correlates with increased violence in already existing criminal populations.(1) The AR gene is not a scary “defect”, it is the gene that codes for testosterone and other androgen hormones in males.(2)

STOP! Modern medicine is being used to control the population

In male children that come from a loving home, the AR gene may just be the gene that gives your son that extra spunk in life – that extra motivation to become great. But there, in that moment in your fertility doctor’s office, your doctor convinces you that statistics matter and that you should “let this one go” and consider another embryo there waiting in petri dish for a chance at life.

This is the genetically controlled, Orwellian future that Julian Savulescu, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics and Professor at Oxford University, advocates. In an article published in the Telegraph titled, “Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation”, Savulescu advocates genetic cleansing to remove “personality flaws” from our society.(3) Yet, science is proving more and more that genes by themselves do not cause breast cancer any more than they cause someone to become violent or altruistic.

The real danger of over-simplifying medical science

The reality is much more complex. Humans are much more than the sum of our genes. By geneticists assessment, the environment around your genes (called your “epigenetics”) is at least half the story. In other words, we have the ability to positively intervene through lifestyle, diet, and even prayer, to influence the way in which our genes are expressed.

In this and other journal articles co-published by Savulescu, he and his colleagues use poetic words to sugar coat the reality of genetic manipulation of the human race, calling human genetic engineering “procreative beneficence”, “rational design”, “rational evolution”, “reproductive autonomy”, and even “genetic enhancement”.(3, 6) Robert Sparrow published a scathing retort to Savulescu’s Orwellian future in the Hastings Center Report in 2011, saying, “Ultimately, the world it would lead to is not all that different from that championed by eugenicists one hundred years ago.”(4)

Modern science has a twisted (sick) vision of our future

Today, more than ever, genetic manipulation is threatening to turn the miracle of conceiving a child into a petri-dish science experiment – where couples can pre-order blue eyes, altruism, and “non-violent” behavior. With infertility rates skyrocketing in recent decades, couples often turn to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as invitro-fertilization (IVF) and artificial insemination (AI) and now genetic selection to fulfill their dream of becoming parents.

Professor Savulescu argues that his future is distinct from the Nazi eugenics movement, in part, because couples are the ones making the choice, not an oppressive government. However, most couples do not have a background in genetic research, and therefore are left to decide the fate of their future children through the eyes of their fertility doctor, who may not fully understand the future ramifications of engaging in genetic selection.

Is this a “better” society or Nazi-type eugenics?

Turning Professor Savulescu‘s moral argument on its head, just because we can engage in genetic selection does not mean that we morally should. As a society, we have been on a moral slippery slope for decades now. Today, you can conceive a child in a petri dish, test a developing fetus’ genetics in-utero, and abort a child up until the moment the cranium hits the birth canal. And now, even legal infanticide is being considered to weed out “undesirables”.

To show just how far Savulescu’s Journal of Medical Ethics is willing to blur moral lines, co-authors Alberto Giubillini and Francesca Minerva advocate “after-birth abortion” for children up to the age of 3. The abstract reads as follows: “By showing that 1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, 2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant…the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”(5)

The question we all have to ask ourselves is: in a greedy world where “banksters” decide the fate of our nation, do we want them funding and controlling a new eugenics movement driven by profit and devoid of ethics and guiding humanity’s future potential?



About the author: Dr. Roy Dittman is author of Brighton Baby: A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child, a ground-breaking, three-book trilogy (first book due out in print in September 2012).

With over 30 years of experience in perinatal and longevity sciences, Dr. Dittman’s life-long commitment to transforming the way in which we conceive, birth, and raise children inspires couples to take action now to protect their future children’s destiny. You can follow him on Facebook, at BrightonBaby.com, and through his weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com

References:
1. Rajender S, Pandu G, et al. Reduced CAG repeats length in androgen receptor gene is associated with violent criminal behavior. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 2008; Volume 122, Number 5, pp. 367-372.
2. Androgen receptor. Wikipedia.org
3. Richard Alleyne. Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor. Telegraph, August 16, 2012. Available online at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9480372/Genetically-engineering-ethical-babies-is-a-moral-obligation-says-Oxford-professor.html#
4. Sparrow, Robert. A not-so-new-eugenics: Harris and Savulescu on human enhancement. Hastings Center Report, January-February 2011; Volume 41, Issue 1, pp.32-42.
5. Giubillini A, Minerva F. After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? J Med Ethics, February 23, 2012. doi:10.1136/medethics-2011-100411
6. Kuhse H, Singer P, Savulescu J. Chapter 20: Genetic Enhancement. A Companion to Bioethics, Second Edition. January 15, 2010.

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Comments

  • Ingo

    Nice Article! 1984 and “Brave New World” are exatcly forecasting this events which apparently might be about to arrive in our time if we aren’t able to life up to a better view on the things that are.

    Thank you!

  • Philip Biggins

    Here is a REAL TRUTH! By allowing the present “Medical System” to over-ride all other natural health remedies, we now have the MOST DISEASED and MENTALLY CHALLENGED populace that the world has ever seen , in it’s entire history! For example, At the turn of the 20th century about 1 in 500 people have been “diagnosed” as having psychological challenges. Now , with the “advance” of PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS and INVASIVE MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS we have 1 in5 people , just in N. America alone, on ANTI-PSYCHOTIC or ANTI-DEPRESSANT DRUGS!!! When i was a kid, there were VERY FEW cases of cancer, almost no-one had Diabetes, neurological challenges were infrequent, at best. In my humble , but VERY researched opinion, this present system is so far off base that they have become dangerous to our health, not beneficial! I can not even imagine the MINDSET of supposed “Doctors” who would even consider the EUGENICS PROGRAMS they are suggesting!!!!???? Those are the types of minds that Society would benefit by having them removed from office or at least reframed into a more morally conscious state , but NOT by PLAYING GOD and disrupting that that took millions of years to evolve, by FORCES MUCH GREATER THAN SOME wacko “doctors”! WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE , to even suggest such atrocities??????? It is time for a REAL CHANGE in our , supposed “Health Systems” , a change that actually BENEFITS SOCIETY! The present one is a DISMAL FAILURE, at best!

  • Miss G

    ABOMINABLE! ABOMINABLE! ABOMINABLE! As in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the Son Of Man (YaHoshua) return. Knowledge has increased and so has lawlessness. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burn with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”. Revelation 21:8

  • Kerry

    The new field of epigenetics is accumulating powerful evidence and quite rapidly, indicating that it is the emotional state and nutritional state of the body, which turns genes on and off – so these macchiavellian murderers above, will achieve nothing good from their pursuits as it is our diet, our exposure to toxins, our attitude etc which ultimately determines our health and behaviours, not the raw material of the genes. The mitochondria in our cells is the key to life – their energy, their electrical activity is greater when we have optimal levels of nutrients in our bodies, and it is these vitamins, minerals, natural chemicals etc which direct our genes to express themselves or not… It is a fantastic field of discovery as we come to realise we are not condemned to the genes we have inherited – we can CHANGE it, we can cause some not to be expressed simply by diet alone… yes, create change in your gene pool, but do it with the good nutrition which is found in nature within the plants, the seeds; you can avoid and overcome all of the diseases most people fear – but not by letting some protege of Dr Mengele destroy your future and your children’s potential, by believing this load of poppycock. Those in power want MORE power, and don’t give a darn about the future of humankind – they just want their power and their oceans of money NOW, so don’t believe much of what you read in mainstream media these days – its all bought and paid for by vested interest groups, who don’t want you to find the truth – you have to look further to find TRUTH. I stumbled on a book on epigenetics a couple of years ago, and now have two others by different authors who confirm the evidence of this newish field of study. Fascinating.


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