Moral question? Gene therapy is rapidly approaching the realm of being able to correct diseases of children before birth. Do you think the parents will have a moral obligation to take this action, elect abortion or let them be barn as is?
They will also be able to enhance certain genes to develop certain characteristics such as eye color,strength,etc. Would this preclude a superior army from being developed?
Where would ethics prevent these changes or allow them to proceed?
I think the moral obligation should be in not forcing such things on people. I think the moral obligation should be in preserving humanity and the sense of self and choice. The obligation should be in making sure it is a possibility for those who want such treatments and changes, not to force those changes on people don't.
My son has severe deformities of both of his "knees" at 16 years of age he is having his second knee replaced in two weeks. I don't care if it was the most immoral thing on earth! If we could have prevented his pain and suffering with gene therapy we would have done it, to Hell with morality.
This being said there will be many questions we must answer about what is moral about augmentation. Soon afterwards there will be much debate about what is human. That is unaugmented "rights" due to their inferior intelligence etc. It will be very interesting times.