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11th Aug '16 10:38:15 PM Timjames98
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** Of course, on the other hand, whether many governments can effectively enforce these bans remains to be seen - what are you going to do, promote genetic diseases, throw the genetically engineered child in jail, or their parents, orphaning them? Because that doesn't have StartOfDarkness written all over it...
14th Jul '16 10:59:32 AM Willbyr
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* In ''{{Utawarerumono}}'', it's eventually revealed that the various PettingZooPeople actually descend from a vast series of genetic experimentation projects that was undertaken in a hidden underground lab, apparently as part of a project to reclaim the (for some reason) uninhabitable Earth above. Their ancestors were all grown in the titular jars by the human scientists.

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* In ''{{Utawarerumono}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'', it's eventually revealed that the various PettingZooPeople actually descend from a vast series of genetic experimentation projects that was undertaken in a hidden underground lab, apparently as part of a project to reclaim the (for some reason) uninhabitable Earth above. Their ancestors were all grown in the titular jars by the human scientists.
14th Jul '16 9:10:24 AM dmeagher13
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** Of course, on the other hand, whether many governments can effectively ban it remains to be seen - what are you going to do, promote genetic diseases, throw the genetically engineered child in jail, or their parents, orphaning them? Because that doesn't have StartOfDarkness written all over it...

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** Of course, on the other hand, whether many governments can effectively ban it enforce these bans remains to be seen - what are you going to do, promote genetic diseases, throw the genetically engineered child in jail, or their parents, orphaning them? Because that doesn't have StartOfDarkness written all over it...
13th Jul '16 11:12:32 AM Willbyr
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* In ''{{Vandread}}'', humanity has split into a planet of all males called Tarak and a planet of all females called Mejare. DNA from a couple is manipulated to give a new baby. On Tarak, this means a factory birth, while on Mejare, the baby is implanted in the womb to be born normally. This makes them effectively a pair of {{One Gender Race}}s, though normal breeding could be resumed. Note that these are not the only colony worlds left, just the main ones we see.

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* In ''{{Vandread}}'', ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'', humanity has split into a planet of all males called Tarak and a planet of all females called Mejare. DNA from a couple is manipulated to give a new baby. On Tarak, this means a factory birth, while on Mejare, the baby is implanted in the womb to be born normally. This makes them effectively a pair of {{One Gender Race}}s, though normal breeding could be resumed. Note that these are not the only colony worlds left, just the main ones we see.
6th Jul '16 3:46:31 PM zarpaulus
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* OlderThanTelevision: ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' by Aldous Huxley. Babies are "grown" here (and "decanted" rather than "born"), though this was before the development of modern genetics, so they must resort to more complicated and organic means than flipping genetic switches to create their hereditary castes.

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* OlderThanTelevision: ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' by Aldous Huxley. Babies are "grown" here (and "decanted" rather than "born"), though this was before the development of modern genetics, so they must resort to more complicated and organic means than flipping genetic switches to create their hereditary castes.castes, such as [[OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby alcohol]].
5th Jul '16 10:27:14 PM harostar
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': [[spoiler: The Sunlit Garden is revealed to be a facility that breeds HalfHumanHybrid TykeBombs for the CCG. These children are typically born nearly identical to their human parent, but possess the superhuman physical attributes of their ghoul parent. In exchange, however, they suffer from [[YourDaysAreNumbered a significantly shortened]] lifespan and begin to break down internally by the time they reach their 30s. This makes them ideal as disposable ChildSoldiers, trained from birth to fight and sent into the field as Ghoul Investigators around the age of 15. The mysterious Rize Kamishiro was also bred at the facility, and is stated to possess an unique and powerful kagune. The purpose of her creation hasn't been revealed]].
7th May '16 5:17:54 PM ReaderAt2046
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** There are essentially two (or possibly three, depending on how you count) kinds of DesignerBaby. First, there are genetic slaves, Manpower Inc's product. These are humans who have been genetically engineered (and psychologically conditioned) to specialize in some specific service, usually at the cost of having all kinds of other health disorders (for example, slaves designed for heavy labor are both grotesquely over-muscled and have more efficient muscle fibers, but at the cost of a much-increased appetite and a high chance of kidney and liver failure). Then you have the Mesan Alignment, the end-product of millennia of genetic engineering and selective breeding aimed at producing humans who are better at everything than baseline humans. Finally, you have what might be described as minor genies, human bloodlines who have experienced very low-scale genetic modification, usually to allow settling worlds that would otherwise have too high a gravity or too little oxygen or whatever.
15th Apr '16 12:18:05 PM Tron80
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* Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod''. Since most people went mad or mutated horribly when they tried to control an [[HumongousMecha Evangelion]], NERV [[spoiler:created genetically mutated fetuses and implanted them in volunteers. One of them killed Asuka’s mother.]]
-->"How could you do something like that? That's horrible, going around altering the genetics of babies! How could you do that to my parents?"
11th Apr '16 11:12:17 AM WillKeaton
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** And in the seed industry. Designer Corn, Designer Cotton, Designer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica_napus Rapeseeds]], and especially Designer Soybeans.

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** And in the seed industry. Designer Corn, Designer Cotton, Designer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica_napus Rapeseeds]], Rapeseeds,]] and especially Designer Soybeans.
5th Mar '16 3:17:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''{{Genome}}'', many parents choose to "specialize" their children before they're born, if they can afford it. The children grow up normal, but at puberty their bodies and minds undergo changes that irreversibly determine their life path. Furthermore, they don't care because every Spesh loves his or her job. They're programmed to love it. These modifications range from enhanced logical reasoning for detectives to extra joints for fighters, not to mention enhanced reflexes and strength. Also, starship pilots, detectives, and tax inspectors are incapable of love, as it clouds judgment. On the other hand, hetaeras (call girls) are conditioned to fall in love with their clients and be unable to fall out of love until their client reciprocates. There is plenty of distrust between the Speshs and the Naturals, even though everyone has some sort of gene therapy done on them as a fetus, like corrected eyesight and fixed genetic defects. Some jobs simply cannot be done by Naturals, like power specialist who are genetically-modified to handle high doses of radiation (shield it mostly with their skin and long hair).

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* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''{{Genome}}'', ''Literature/{{Genome}}'', many parents choose to "specialize" their children before they're born, if they can afford it. The children grow up normal, but at puberty their bodies and minds undergo changes that irreversibly determine their life path. Furthermore, they don't care because every Spesh loves his or her job. They're programmed to love it. These modifications range from enhanced logical reasoning for detectives to extra joints for fighters, not to mention enhanced reflexes and strength. Also, starship pilots, detectives, and tax inspectors are incapable of love, as it clouds judgment. On the other hand, hetaeras (call girls) are conditioned to fall in love with their clients and be unable to fall out of love until their client reciprocates. There is plenty of distrust between the Speshs and the Naturals, even though everyone has some sort of gene therapy done on them as a fetus, like corrected eyesight and fixed genetic defects. Some jobs simply cannot be done by Naturals, like power specialist who are genetically-modified to handle high doses of radiation (shield it mostly with their skin and long hair).
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