Gene testing children for potential talent.

Discussion in 'Genetics' started by devdutta54, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. devdutta54

    devdutta54 Guest

    Some countries have started this at an experimental stage. Genes are being tested to get more information. emotions, intelligence, athletic ability, and other traits. What is your opinion on having the DNA of young children tested at early ages to identify their talents in order to focus their training for future productivity?Is it right to objectify the future of a child in this way?
  2. prince

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    this is very difficult to awnser. but i guess.... you could argue it both ways... so lets start with the positives;-finding a young persons talents at a young age, helps as you say focus this talent and enhance it at a young stage, making them better at what they do in later life obiously. however... -theres on the other hand the big debate regarding ethics, is it ethical to do sure strenuous testing on young children and forcing them into things that perhaps they dont want to do. i mean even without DNA testing, if a child has a certain talent in some cases, im not saying all, a parent will obiously encourage there child to do so however some parents force there child to do so, though most argue that its 'in there best intrests' it should be the childs choice, nobody elses i guess. also as you say though emotions and stuff, then this also creates the obsticle of children been 'branded' at a young age, which is ridicule being as a child develops they change drasticly.
  3. nik

    nik Guest

    I feel the negatives will overwhelm the psoitive in this aspect. And as technology advances, it's bound to become more. Thanks
  4. kildaire62

    kildaire62 Guest

    I have read a few articles about it but personally I don’t believe it. Also I don’t support the test. If I have a child I will let him/her to grow up by nature. No matter who the child will be in future I want to spend the growing time with my child. If the test is true how boring you already know the future. If it’s not true what’s the meaning to take the test. I think some people use so called new technology to make money from people. Our government should have a law to ban the commercial activity.
  5. lucca

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    It's good to be able to guide children, but i think that nature and our skills as humans to learn and adapt is what's always best. Forcing children to be objectify thier lives, means they miss out on so much more. Thanks
  6. bardarik

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    This reads like a script from the movie Gattaca! I think it's ridiculous and a total abuse of natural selection, growth and physiological dynamics. Not only this, it streamlines kids onto specific paths in their lives that they'll ultimately have little control over. Where is the freedom of choice in scenario's like this? For example, what if you have a child that shows the traits to be a gifted marathon runner, but they'd rather be an artist or musician? This is manipulative, invasive and entirely unreasonable in my opinion. These are human beings, not trick ponies!
  7. elliston63

    elliston63 Guest

    Yes James, They may have the traits,but why not let them be what they want to be and choose for thmselves.
  8. leander

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    I also believe this is a good idea. It a child has this kind of talents, let him improve whatever it is. And training the child is always available with the help of the parents.
  9. phelan26

    phelan26 Guest

    What happens to children to don't have remarkbly developed genes in particular areas? I think they deserve an equal opportunit too for development. Nature has it's part to play too. thanks
  10. fitzadam

    fitzadam Guest

    This gives me sort of a negative feeling about he whole thing. Its important to help the children grow naturally. Its true that knowing their skills, affinity and ability from before would help them grow in the right kind of direction. But deciding on the right age is important and difficult for it works differently for different people.
  11. sissie28

    sissie28 Guest

    They have started this identify and develop children having traits towards sporting and intellectual fields. It made me wonder immediately as to what happens to children who do not show any of these traits. And then as technology develops what direction does this go to?
  12. bernard

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    And Alok!As you have rightly questioned, if such a test is to be done in the situation where the child does not exhibit any talent, then what happens?It is going to be a great deterrent for the child from pursuing any field at all and be a big discouraging factor.Not all children are extraodinarily endowed.Still they can make something of their lives by w orking on some simple skill they have.THis would also vanish, because the parents are likely to be disappointed and the child may be unnecessarily put to some mental strain.Now, thinking of all this I feel that I would not like it.Initially, when I wrote my response I said it is subjective.But now I feel it may harm more rather than help. Everything cannot be made to order.
  13. jerrick63

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    I don't like to say whether it is right or wrong because it is an individual's choice;Personally, if I were to be asked,I would not do it.I would rather work with the child and try and figure out his aptitude first of all.THis would go for the higher level of specialisation in whatever field he chooses.Preliminary education would be a necessity.Even later on, whatever skill he/she has would be developed as well as it can, but I would focus on academic skills first and pave the preliminary way for this in the best manner possible.Regarding fine arts, sports and other things it should evolve and if something extraordinary is revealed to the exclusion of education[if he does not show the aptitude] then I would work n this.But I would make personal efforts first, relyig on God for proper guidance. Genes need not be tested to identify something--a mother can as well do it.I believe in this.
  14. brougher

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    I also believe in allowing things their natural course.As I had pointed out I would still have my priorities [good education would rank first, fine arts next and games would the third]for the child after studying a bit of his physical, mental makeup and also aptitude.Here this should naturally evolve without any pain.Genetic testing alone would not help the development of the child .It is the natural flair coupled with the proper accessories for a conducive environment where the natural talent would be nurtured and thereby flourish .This needs a lot of working with the child.
  15. hank

    hank Guest

    I quite agree with your point of view. The children being screened are in the age group of 3-4 years and then filtered on for future development of their identified talent areas. Thanks
  16. jaynie

    jaynie Guest

    I don't think this is a very good idea. Although the genes seem to be important, but the educations are also very important. And some parents may be disappointed if their babies' genes show that they are just normal people. Parents often have high expectation for their children. So it will have a negative effect on children. I love China
  17. gavi

    gavi Guest

    That's what i had thought as well. Thanks
  18. kildaire62

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    I think orientation early on in life helps. And will prevent the child going astray. We also know that criminals are also very intelligent (which makes me dumb because I am not - ha ha), so it becomes easier to give due attention to them at the right age instead of disturbing their environment leading to maladjustment. Personally, I think it is a step in the right direction.
  19. klevon

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    Appreciate the response. Thanks
  20. hamlin

    hamlin Guest

    Personally how can you really say Gene Testing is a good thing? I know that it is a Good thing to find young talent and to help keep them motivated and want to continue to want to work at it, but what if you are someone like Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, etc. who is a Great Sports star and then have kids not interested or good in sports? I truly think sometimes that if you tend to catagorize sometimes you are destined to be disappointed especially when you try to push someone, but at the same time when you see Great talent from someone you should also try to keep on encouraging them as well.

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