The Ethics of Ending Alzheimer's: Gene linked to adult growth of brain cells, memory and learning

3 years ago

Sometimes, with good news comes questionable ethics, and new research from the City of Hope presents such an issue.

The researchers discovered that stimulating a specific gene (a nuclear receptor called TLX) could grow new neurons in adults, resulting in faster, smarter learners that retained info better and longer.

Obviously, there's some great news here - especially in the way of developing new treatments for things like Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's. But the sci fi element brings up ethical issues about playing God and building superhumans. 

Here's the article:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/278011.php

It's certainly not the first time bio-ethicism has been challenged. Look at the idea of genetically altering babies. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-43767/Worlds-GM-babies-born.html

What are your thoughts on genetically modifying adult brains?

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