A Bold Prediction
Many of you are probably going to laugh at this post, but just run with me for a second. Imagine this: 20 years from now, you learn you are a carrier for a recessive gene that will someday hurt your future child. You learn about this recessive gene, which is totally harmless to you, days after you marry your future spouse. Scared and confused you schedule an appointment with your local doctor. He tells you that unfortunately there is no medicine you can take to curb the effects, but Planar Genetics has just developed a gene they can splice into your DNA to negate it. However, this gene is only available through Planar Genetics because of the patent they acquired for it in 2018. The whole procedure would cost you more than you can afford, but its in the best interest of your family so you need to find a way. We see problems like this all of the time, especially with insurance companies and hospital bills. If you don’t have the money, you don’t get the same level of treatment. A privatized economy is vital to the survival of our nation, but it may be unprepared to meet the challenges that arise in the next few years. As technology advances and becomes more complex, so too does our level of morality. I fear that at some point in the near future, we may reach a tipping point where we outrun our ability to make morally correct decisinos. It seems clear to me, partly evidenced by The Island, that the realm of genetics is going to be one of the most profitable industries in the coming years.
There is no black and white regarding the privatization of genes. There are strong arguments for both sides; clearly making genes more available will help certain people, but critics have always questioned he who tries to act “in God’s place.” The gray area here will become to thick. If Planar Genetics is going to turn a consumer down because they can’t afford a certain gene, they are essentially denying that person the right to live a full, healthy life. I think that selling genes is eventually going to lead to some sort of “super class” that has a lot of money and is in turn very healthy. Those who have more money will reproduce consistently and well, those who do not simply will drift away. This theory does have some Darwinian attributes, but it is much cloudier than it seems. I find myself very confused when thinking about this topic, I am unsure how to draw a conclusion for this. It’s been on my mind for a while, and I wanted to get it out there. Please let me know what you think.