The Problem With Genetic Modification

May 11, 2011 Katharina Lochner

Are We Ready for Neo-Evolution?

If you could improve yourself in one area by some modifications in your genes, what would you choose? An improvement in memory? Fitness? Beauty? Longevity? Or talent?

Harvey V. Fineberg from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies starts his TED talk by asking this question. He explains some principles of evolution. And he points out that it won’t be too long until we will be able to make targeted manipulations on our genes.

Back to our question from the beginning: If you could improve yourself in one area by some modifications in your genes, what would you choose? An improvement in memory? Fitness? Beauty? Longevity? Talent? Or something completely different? What would the result look like, what would be the your ideal state concerning this one area? And, more importantly: Would it make you happier?

 

 

About the Author

Katharina Lochner

Dr Katharina Lochner is the former research director for the cut-e Group which was acquired by Aon in 2017. Katharina is now a researcher and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Iserlohn, Germany. In her role at cut-e, she applied the research in organizational and work psychology to real-world assessment practice. She has a strong expertise in the construction and evaluation of online psychometric tools.

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