I am a brave soul when it comes to giving an examination. Whether I am fully prepared for it or not is another question, but I do attend it. But what if the exam is whether I should exist or not?
Manu, a well-known character from Rigveda, created a caste system. As per this caste system, Brahmins were responsible for knowledge and learning, Kshatriyas for defense and fighting, Vaishya for doing business, and shudras for other menial jobs. So once a person is born in a caste, he cannot crossover into any other's job. Result? Since independence, India has a reservation for the lower cast in government jobs and education fields, hoping for an upliftment. The desired result has not yet been achieved.
So when I read the news that Uzbekistan will be using genetic testing to find out the right contestant for a particular sport, I felt that history is being repeated. With the costs of genetic testing becoming dirt cheap, I fear the worst for the future of mankind.
Genetic selection, not only could stop a baby from being born but could also prevent a marriage from happening. Insurance companies could use it to their advantage by not rejecting coverage for specific diseases or charge higher.... and of course a right candidate for a right job could be found!
We could have a perfect world by the means of genetic selection, but is perfection the only criteria for the existence of humanity? If not, then it raises a lot of ethical questions and risks, we better take a stand now or wait for the profit makers to decide even this for us.
What do you think about the applications of the genetic testing and selections on humans?
References: 1. http://goo.gl/Im8IDG