Cloning choices: Designer babies possible

Every culture has its Tír na nÓg legend, celebrating a place of eternal youth, where age and decline never intrude.

A Chinese researcher, who claims he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies, may have made that legend alive again.

Leaving aside for a moment the ethical considerations of such fate-twisting, the prospect of designer humanoids gives rise to a new parlour game: Who would you clone and why?

Would Churchill’s racism and imperialism be tolerable, if he could resolve the lunacies of Brexit?

Would a new Frank Sinatra or Bob Hope survive, even until Christmas, in this #Metoo world?

Would the romance around the ‘lost leader’ Michael Collins fade, if he was remade and survived to become just another boring, pious reactionary?

Who — or how many — might be cloned to rejuvenate Cork hurling?

Garret FitzGerald once said that a proposal was fine in practice, but wondered how it might be in theory.

This prospect raises a version of that question — cloning sounds fine, but who gets to decide whose genes are perpetuated?

More in this Section

Iron Lady’s authority in doubt after victory for people power

Time to embrace a new approach to Iran

Letter to the Editor: More investment in prevention

Residents of Monaghan village driven to distraction by prolonged road closure


Lifestyle

Sex advice: I'm worried she's not satisfied

Does your garden feel a bit too exposed? 7 solutions to stop nosy neighbours spoiling summer

5 stylish ways to wear white head-to-toe

How to out-smart hay fever this summer

More From The Irish Examiner