Sorry I missed this thread - and this is what I posted on the Cat Lounge forum thread
Ok, so you'll never again stand on your cat on a dark night on your way to the bathroom.
Joking aside, this is one of those "sitting on the fence" moments for me. The question that always comes to me is, "When does it stop being genetic research and start being 'playing God'?" I can see the benefits of genetic research, for example in finding cures for life-threatening diseases, BUT - why can't man just accept that he is a flawed creature. Man's search for the "miracle" will be his undoing.
If we can extend our life expectancy, if we can choose the genes our children will have before they are born, if we can cure and/or prevent deadly diseases, if we can clone and effectively achieve immortality of a sort - surely society will disintegrate. These "treatments" and who can have them will be determined purely by money - if you have money, you can afford genetic manipulation, thus the "arian" race appears. If you don't, you remain the "unimproved". The divide between the rich and the poor gets greater. Malcontent and hatred spreads. As if there isn't enough war in the world already.
I mean, when we achieve the seemingly unattainable - as we so often strive to do - what is there left but a self-destruction?
Call me alarmist, but where does it all stop?