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Cure for Down syndrome?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Songbird, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Scientists have figured out how to deactivate the material in the chromosome that leads to Down's.


    Some of the quotes are pretty powerful, especially by those who say the world is better with those afflicted with Down's.

    I just think, Why would we want anyone to be born that way if we can prevent it?
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    What really strikes me is how many diseases, syndromes, conditions, disorders and other medical questions might be solved in the near future.

    There are a ton of questions about this, but I think we are really on the edge of a myriad of medical breakthroughs.
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    No way. Too much money to be made in treating people and not curing them.
  4. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    That's incredible; seems the ethical questions are more in "curing" people that have lived with Down's for decades and how removing that chromosome might change them? Curing a child, especially a newborn, seems like no question at all to me.
  5. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    You just see this on Family Guy tonight?? :D
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    This is a very interesting story. And as odd as it would seem to most of us, a large core of the population believes in accepting babies the way God made them. This belief extends to no prenatal screening.
  7. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member

    The point LTL makes about prenatal screeniing is a good one.

    My wife and I had major issues conceiving and carrying a bay to term. When the options came for the testing on our first child we did all the screening. I realized afterward that we would not have aborted had their been issues.

    On our second child we did not bother with the screening.

    I am solidly pro choice and not religous, just knew for us that we would take what we were given.
  8. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    You spend 3/4ths of every waking second trying to convince yourself that it's not that bad and maybe it's even a good thing. What do you expect parents to say? "Man, it sure would be great if my kid were completely different than the way he is."
  9. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    Polio and smallpox agree.
  10. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    My wife said she would have the abortion and we would try again if that happened. Honestly, what do you say? You're going to have the child anyway?
  11. Here me roar

    Here me roar Guest

    Personal choices aside, this is fascinating medicine and it'll be interesting to watch where it goes.
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    No question... I think having a cure out there might have the potential to change this a bit. I know a lot of people who bypass the screenings because "they're not going to do anything about it anyways..." but when an abortion isn't the end game, I think some would start having the test... Obviously, there will always be some who don't... That's on them...
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