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Sehlat123

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Report this Dec. 02 2012, 8:49 pm

You hear repeatedly in DS9 and ENT that genetic engineering is illegal. But then it episodes of TNG, there is genetic engineering. Remember that one in season 2 where Dr. Pulawski becomes really old because of genetically engineered kids, or the one where a supernova is going to destroy a genetically engineered colony? It doesn't seem to be illegal then!


What do you think?


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FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Dec. 02 2012, 9:42 pm

Good question.  I think you have two different cases though - the genetic engineering on Darwin Genetic Research Station ("Unnatural Selection") vs. the colony on Moab IV ("The Masterpiece Society.")


I think that the genetic engineering on the Darwin Station would be a clear violation of the prohibition.  If they had limited their research only to genetic engineering to correct medical problems instead of doing enhancements, it would have been okay.


The colony on Moab IV wasn't part of the Federation, so they didn't have to follow the rules.

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Report this Dec. 02 2012, 10:22 pm

As mentioned, Moab IV was an isolationist colony that had existed since before the Federation, which was why the Enterprise crew did not know about it. And you'll remember also that Picard's reaction was not exactly favourable either!


Genetic engineering is allowed in order to correct birth defects-- I don't recall the Voyager episodes with Torres' baby so I don't know for sure the extent to which this applies.


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Report this Dec. 03 2012, 6:50 am

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>Perhaps some people think just being a girl is a birth defect, having blue eyes, dark skin colour, shortness (is that a word?) etc. What is the definition of a birth defect?

>Who gets to decide these things? I think B'Elanna had to reprogram the Doctor to make him do the reprogramming on her fetus.

>B'Elanna thought that looking like her would be a 'birth defect' for her child.

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She thought looking like a Klingon would expose her to the same abuse B'Elanna suffered when she was a child. But you're right, her attempt to remove the Klingon DNA was unwarranted and unnecessary. And she did reprogram the Doctor for that.


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FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Dec. 03 2012, 9:32 am

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>Wasn't Torres going to try to genetically engineer her own baby?

>Did the baby have some problem and the EMH was going to fix it genetically, some spinal problem, I can't quite remember?

>If you think about it its strange - a robot/android/hologram genetically altering a baby. Strange New World.

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If I remember right, Miral had a spinal defect that the doctor was going to fix in utero.  B'Elanna took that much further and altered the EMH to make unnecessary alterations.

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Report this Dec. 03 2012, 12:04 pm

I think it was illegal, although some people seemed to interpret the laws the way they wanted.


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Report this Dec. 06 2012, 2:13 pm

Quote: Sehlat123 @ Dec. 02 2012, 8:49 pm

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>You hear repeatedly in DS9 and ENT that genetic engineering is illegal. But then it episodes of TNG, there is genetic engineering. Remember that one in season 2 where Dr. Pulawski becomes really old because of genetically engineered kids, or the one where a supernova is going to destroy a genetically engineered colony? It doesn't seem to be illegal then!

>What do you think?

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The real-world explaination is that the ban on genetic engineering wasn't thought up until after "Unnatural Selection" was produced.

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