The subject of genetic engineering / manipulation came up during Hanna, though in an unrealistic sci-fi scenario where the CIA tried making super soldiers through invitro - genetic enhancement. But while this sounds like sci-fi now, there are a lot of things today that can be done that are NOT science fiction that are pretty close to genetic manipulation.
- Here's a more recent story from 2009 about a Korean company that cloned a Labrador Retriever for $155,000. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/AmazingAnimals/story?id=6762235&page=1
- Would you be willing to be part of a genetic experiment that not only strengthened your muscles but prevented them from deteriorating with age? Gene therapy can allow us to repair damaged cells but apparently scientists at the University of Penn have done such a thing with mice in 2004 - called "Mighty Mice." This kind of therapy could help people with muscular dystrophy or ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). But could it also be abused by athletes and others looking for an edge, especially if they aren't injured? Gene therapy doesn't usually show up on drug tests since it's supposed to be part of your natural body chemistry, so how do you know who's doping and who's not?
- if you had the chance (and it were possible), would you pick certain traits for your child before he/she was born? Would you want a child that is more predisposed to music, athletics, math, or would you try to pick the hair and eye color and let fate take care of the rest?
Gallup Poll on Cloning - http://www.biopoliticaltimes.org/article.php?id=5736