Shane Parrish discussed the concept of fairness in the context of gene editing, specifically questioning the ethics of editing genes to enhance athletic abilities. He highlighted the moral complexities around whether it's fair to intentionally edit genes for advantages such as increased oxygen carrying capacity in blood—which could benefit athletes—compared to having those same genetic traits occur naturally. This discussion brought up the broader issue of the fairness associated with 'natural lotteries' that give certain people advantages because of their genetic makeup 1 .

Gene Editing Ethics

Walter and Shane discuss the ethics of gene editing and whether it is fair to edit genes to enhance athletic abilities. They also question the fairness of natural mutations that give some people an advantage over others.

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