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If it was discovered that personality traits were partly genetic and could be removed with gene therapy, would it be ethical to edit out negative character traits that harm others like extreme aggression, compulsive lying, or cruelty?

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Personally I don’t think someone is bound to specific traits (and I am going to assume this is sort of a Science Fiction like thought experiment where we will assume 1. That personality traits are only genetic 2. That a person is bound to their traits).
If you are talking about editing out your own (based on your own free choice) then maybe not (assuming only one aspect of a trait can be eliminated). Again, assuming it was possible to somehow genetically edit something from an adult, and assuming the adult could consent to such a thing, it may not be wrong but I don’t think it would be a good idea.
If you are talking about editing traits of others (such as unborn or babies/children) then we are getting into highly sticky moral ground (that would require more thought than what I can provide here in this medium). It is a good ethical thought experiment though!
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If it was discovered that personality traits were partly genetic and could be removed with gene therapy, would it be ethical to edit out negative character traits that harm others like extreme aggression, compulsive lying, or cruelty?

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If you're discerning their negative traits correctly. But what I've realized is most people don't have the ability to discern others so what they do is make false claims based on something that they don't have the ability to do
That’s an interesting question. Yeah, when it comes to making someone safer to be around I think it would be good. Better than lobotomy, electro therapy, or locking them up for the rest of their lives. But it doesn’t work that way, it’s not genetic, they’re possessed by demons and need to be exorcised. If more people realized that it would help a lot of them, why do you think I wear a vial of holy water around my neck, and carry a pocket bible and pure salt with me? Demons, plain and simple, hiding among us.

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