The Chinese have just nailed their moon landing!http://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007% ... 015-0153-5
This is our generation's big project. Having the ability to change genetics fundamentally changes what it means to be human. The recent paper
has demonstrated that CRISPR technology can change the germ line.
The society of the future will be substantially different from that of today. The substantial proportion of any population that now struggles with
significant medical challenges (including Alzheimer's) will have a genetic engineering option. The potential for enhancing intellectual ability offers
profound opportunities for a very different life. Consider a world in which nature has been entirely replaced by nurture. Welcome to the future!
The world of the future will be one of extreme health, well being, wealth and accomplishment. Buckle-up everyone the future looks bright!
(However, just wait for the response from the reactionaries who, for whatever reason, are not particularly disturbed by the catastrophe that is the modern world. They somehow believe that we will do just fine by continuing to evolve (notwithstanding the conclusive evidence of humanity's shortcomings as provided by historical records.)
Societies (such as China's) that view life from a collectivist perspective might make an easier transition to a genetically engineered future. The We have won, Me has lost. Those unable to absorb this new reality have now become dinosaurs.