This kind of research should definitely exist. And BTW, keeping 'sick' people alive and able to reproduce doesn't just make getting 'bad' genomes out of the pool impossible. It also makes the pool bigger, thus decreasing the effects of inbreeding.
Of course there are risks in this sort of research. But I think that human evolution is at least partially technologic, so, in a way, we stop evolving if we stop scientific research.
It's quite silly to say that there WILL be 'zombies'. Come on, bacteria or viruses aren't able to take over human bodies so completely that they could make zombie people. And besides, bacteria/viruses can't even think. Of course there would prolly be some super bacteria and viruses, but there are those even now. And BTW, to my knowledge, pig flu is not one.
I take responsibility for starting the thread - what other people post in it is another matter.
But back to the discussion...
Society is vast and difficult to control, but I think there still exists such a thing as social conscience. The perceptions of many can be (and often are) molded by few. Just because we realize that, as modern man, we have the power to do a thing does not fate us to do it.
Our greatest boon as a species is reason, and while reasoning and logic are most often used to benefit one's own interests, there are moments - both pivotal moments in history and small moments in each of our everyday lives - where that reason is used with an eye toward the greater good.
Your world view is so bleak that I'm struggling with the urge to take a polarized stance to argue it, but just don't have the energy. Suffice to say accountability isn't dead - it's just missing - but if everyone shared your point of view, we'd never find it.
Yeah, I admit I painted a pretty grim picture, which isn't necessarily my prediction - I do have some faith in social conscience.
But even people like Stephen Hawking predict that our own demise is likely to be our own doing. The world population isn't going down, but our resources are. Combine that with self engineered evolution, where we try to eliminate death and disease, and the population will grow even more....with more genetic defects.
And I'm not trying to take a polarizing stance in this argument either. I'm not even against research for the greater good. I'm for it, but I also hypothetically weigh in the consequences of doing things like prolonging the life of people who would then have a greater likelihood of passing those genes on. And also prolonging the life of the aged, for no other reason than greed.
Again, I'm not strongly against it, but rather throwing out reasons to be cautious, knowing that humans' number one motivator is greed.
I wonder if we'll ever see the day when the wealthiest can afford to buy a clone of themselves.......ok, now I'm going off on a sci fi tangent! LOL
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OTOH, if artificial life forms can be created, perhaps every guy can engineer the perfect girl for him. I'll take Lisa in the movie Wierd Science.
Seriously, maybe this will end up being mother nature's way of solving the problem of global climate change, pollution, destruction of natural habitats and overpopulation by species homo sapiens.