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I completely honor the discussion regarding overpopulation, my support for this work has to do with changing the quality of lives that will be lived regardless . . .
I once worked for a family whose first child was born with Fragile X syndrome. The mother did not know she was a carrier and the family did not get a positive diagnosis until after their second child was born (fortunately, he did not exhibit the disorder).
Obviously, the family chose not to have any more children, however, the rest of thier years will be given to the therapy and care of thier first child. While I loved spending time with him in our sessions of physical therapy and play, I know that the entire family: father, mother, brother, extended family would be saved an entire generation of suffering if this disease could have been prevented.
1. I don't know if Fragile X syndrome is of mitochondrial origination
2. The mother did not know that she was a carrier (would we all go through genetic testing at some time prior to procriation) Heck, I would be OK with application for reproduction and a limit to the number of children born (but I'm probably not too popular in my ideas).
In conclusion, I support research that reduces suffering that does not increase population. There's enough suffering in the world already.
posted 3 years, 8 months ago
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