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Famous scientist Richard Dawkins: Designer baby technology will become our worst nightmare as it is exactly what Hitler wanted

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Gene modification technology and designer baby technology are becoming more and more advanced and there is always a downside to every booming technology.

The original thought behind genetic manipulation was to eradicate disease, but this has since progressed to allow parents to choose what hair or eye colour their offspring will have, as well as other features.

While 75-year old Dawkins believes that gene manipulation is good if it helps beat disease, he warns that editing future children to give them specific features is in similar vein to what Hitler would have wanted when he dreamed of an Aryan race.

Dawkins explained why the thought of genetic manipulation for ‘designer babies’ makes him nervous.

He said: “You don’t need to worry about editing genes to eliminate illness – that’s a good thing to do, nobody has any doubt about that.

“What people do have doubts about is editing genes to make you better at running or jumping etc.

“You could [change the colour of a child’s eyes] and a lot of people are very uneasy about that, also uneasy about say breeding a mathematical genius or a musical genius and I think it is partly because that’s what Hitler wanted to do and obviously anything that Hitler wanted to do we’re automatically suspicious of.

“In a way it’s a little bit curious that we’re more suspicious of trying to breed brilliant musicians than we are of forcing a child to do five finger exercises for many hours per day.

“There are parents who are ambitious for their children to do that and so the environmental pressure on a child is not regarded with the same suspicion as the genetic pressure to breed a perfect musician.”

(Express.co.uk)

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