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Would you give your child DNA treatments to increase his / her IQ to above genius level?

No, but that might just be because I'm not smart enough to.

Ryan

No, that's way too 1984-ish for me. I hate the idea of genetic alteration (unless it's to prevent a disease), cloning, anything like that. It's abuse of scientific knowledge.

Katie, 25
Seminole
, FL   USA

No!

no-itsme, 29
HOLLAND

That's a tough question to answer. I guess there is no such thing as having too much knowledge. I guess I'd do it.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills
, CA  USA

There is much more to IQ than DNA. No.

Laura, 36
Lowell
, MA   USA

No.

Fisch, 45
Preston
, CT   USA

What is "above genius level"? Godlike? Genetics isn't up to creating gods or even demi-gods. In this day and age, I wouldn't opt for genetic tinkering. DNA manipulation is still too imprecise. What I would do today is what I did thirty-odd years ago. I would talk to my baby. I would read to my baby. I would listen to my baby. I would make sure that my baby had room to explore and toys to handle and the equipment for all sorts of creativity. Then I'd provide lots of uncritical admiration coupled with firm limits.

Jill, 60
Saylorsburg
, PA  USA

no, I wouldn't tinker with nature like that! my son is perfect the way he is. i wouldn't want to put him through any sort of treatment for any reason if it wasn't necessary. whose ego would you be appeasing by doing that   anyway? your kid isn't a lab rat for your parental experiments, he is a human being with free will...

Maggie, 20
Sandwich
, IL   USA

I have no idea. I don't think about that much.

etoile, 20
Washington
, DC  USA

Out of context, no. If it were a scenario where the treatments were proved safe and effective, and if most other children were receiving them, I might in order not to put the child at a disadvantage.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

No.

Deb

No way... that's just too weird! I don't care if when i have kids they are geniuses or not, I just want them to be themselves!

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

Hell no. Why mess with what nature deems right. Humankind thinks its so hot but in the long run nature knows best and our meddling will really screw us all up.

Talia, 23
Wilton,
CT USA

No...why alter what God has already given.

Anjel, 20

Nope... I would want my kids to have their own unique personality, and I wouldn't want to subject them to anything that might alter they way they think and see things around them.

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch
, CO  USA

No-that's too much like playing God.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista
, AR  USA

I have a pretty low tolerance for meshing with what Mother Nature has given and dishes out. Yet I can easily forsee a future where this is as common as nose jobs and fake boobs.

Felicia, 35
Lowell
, MA   USA

My kids are gonna be geniuses anyway. They don't need help.

Karen, 21
Marshelltown/Ames
, IA  USA

nope...i'm not having kids. if i did though, i probably wouldn't give them dna treatments cuz who knows what the side effects would be. what would they have to go through just to be smart? it's not worth it.

Mandi, 16
Lake City
, MN   USA

No. My mother was extra smart for her age and skipped two grades in school - went to high school at 11. She said it was the worse thing that ever happened to her and that she wouldn't wish it on anyone. She had no friends and no one to talk to.

Reba, 51
Rockville
, MD   USA

Nope.

Tracy, 24
Ocean City, NJ  USA

I would not. Geniuses have such a hard time as I recall of many stories, growing up. So much attention is placed on the child and they are placed high above the "average" child in schools. I think if you are naturally smart that is one thing, but to intentionally make your child smart for what

Stephanie, 25
TX  USA

No! That's a very distubing thought, but I can see it becoming a common practice soon…

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

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