“Gene drives have the power to override the traditional rules of inheritance (Specter, p. 2).” Man, that packs a lot of power. First of all, lots of good things can come from using CRISPR. We can eradicate diseases. We can save species. We can change certain aspects of species. The one that I am most fascinated about is the diseases. As a society, we could prevent millions of deaths from diseases transported by mosquitoes (Specter). We could even prevent inheritable diseases or random mutations in the human genome, such as muscular dystrophy (Specter). So, we make a world disease free. Death rates go down. Animals and people living longer. More babies being born each year. Earth gets crowded. Uh oh. Now what do we do? This is the bad of this technology. We keep finding ways to make life better, safer, longer, but we do not think of the consequences. Nature will probably come up with a way to fix the mess. But will it be too late?
I do not think gene editing should be done on humans. Sure, I can see lots of bonuses for humans being “fixed” or born a certain way. However, where would society stop once given this power? Even from an economic standpoint this is bad. Those with the money to make sure their child is born to look a certain way or have a better chance of living longer will give those children an advantage over those not born with the fix. That means the upper class will stay the upper class and the lower class will stay as the lower class. There may even be a bigger gap between the classes. Shouldn’t we keep it equal (or nearly equal in a world of inequality)?