Boris Johnson’s top aide said Brexit could free up Britain to engineer questionable gene research, and Dominic has prophesied new techniques that will revolutionise IVF, allowing would-be parents to avoid embryos with disease risks and cognitive problems.
In a 4,000-word blog last February about genomic prediction, he asked Britain to push the boundaries of the field, despite what he said would be hysterical arguments about things like IQ and social mobility.
And he stated that post-Brexit will be outside the EU’s control and able to make speedier and more reliable judgments about regulating technology like genomics, AI and robotics.
But a Labour frontbencher insisted the practice was eugenics with one MP from the party accusing him of trying to play God and it gives a valuable insight into Dominic Cummings thinking on IQ and genetics after he wrote his blog post about a topic called genomic prediction.
This is where embryos are excluded from IVF based on markers in their DNA. This practice is welcomed by some as a way of circumventing lifelong illnesses but has prompted a moral debate about where to draw the line.
One US-based firm, Genomic Prediction, offers parents screening to identify genetically normal embryos. This includes weeding out those at risk of disease but in 2018 the firm further developed testing to determine the risk of an embryo of a low IQ.
Co-founder Stephen Hsu, who Dominic Cummings praised and has appeared with at No 10, said it would only be used to eliminate embryos with a mental disability, but Stephen Hsu believed people may in future select designer intelligent babies, and he said that some people are going to demand that, but if they don’t do it, some other company will.
On his blog, Dominic Cummings cited research saying genes have a substantial impact on people’s IQ and said genomic tests are getting more affordable all the time and can predict a person’s height within a few centimetres.
He concentrated largely on physical health, stating the useful predictions could avoid embryos developing diabetes, breast or prostate cancer in later life, but he added that they would also be able to make predictions about outliers in cognitive abilities, the high and low ends.
He warned against relying on early year’s programmes like Sure Start, which he stated was based on flawed evidence, to improve children’s lives, and instead, he asked politicians to make policy decisions on the foundation of rational thinking and good science.
He added that China was pushing hard on genomics but that America had political and regulatory hurdles holding it back on genomics that was much weaker there, and he continued that Britain couldn’t prevent the growth of such science.
However much Dominic Cummings attempts to dance around his beliefs, it’s obvious that this is eugenics.
Eugenics is a long-discredited and critical pseudo-science, and should it have a place in the 21st century, let alone be held by No 10?
This is disturbing and dangerous and maybe should have no place in society, never mind at the heart of government. Dominic Cummings might be able to play the Cabinet, but he can’t be allowed to impersonate God.
This is scary, and in another 10 or 20 years, they could by misfortune, or on purpose create another Hitler. However, even though we should be a little uncomfortable with genomics and playing God, I’m frequently reminded that countless lives have been saved due to scientific progress, but knowing where to draw the line is the test.
And what will be next? Only MPs and Dominic Cummings to breed to produce a British Master Race, or will it only be those who received a Public School education to have children? Boris Johnson will recommend that one!
Dominic Cummings is performing like an egotistical loony, and the simple-minded strike again, and this was something Mengele was working on in the Nazi concentration camps.
Most people with a low IQ or other so-called defects usually get a lot of pleasure out of life and they’re happy to be alive, although some are in pain and life can be miserable.
Nonetheless, where do you stop once on this course and what’s the logic behind it? Is it compassion? Or is it just a way to eliminate those who are considered to be a burden, a problem or a misuse of resources?
And whilst we should control our cynicism, some people are promoting what is a dangerous philosophy, and Dominic Cummings is a dangerous man, made all the more so by the seeming indifference to his works, of the current government leadership.
We should keep our eye’s and ears open so that we can see the abuses and atrocities that are being forced on ordinary people by those in leadership because sceptics we might be, but fools we’re not.
Dominic Cummings is ungodly and psychotic and Boris Johnson has given him free rein because Boris is slothful and he knows he’s incapable of governing the country and there are numerous legitimate reasons as to why we should regulate the practice of messing with nature.
I’m all for advancing medical science, but not at any cost and it would be just another scheme for pharmaceuticals to make even more money and would be open to exploitation by the rich.