Episode "Unnatural Selection" and the Genetic Experimentation Laws

Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.
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Episode "Unnatural Selection" and the Genetic Experimentation Laws

Post by marsh8472 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:38 pm

Genetic engineering experiments are banned from the federation. This is mentioned throughout the star trek franchise. So why was it allowed during episode "Unnatural Selection" in regards to creating genetically enhanced children?

From "Doctor Bashir I presume" as an example
BASHIR: Starfleet Medical won't see it that way. DNA resequencing for any reason other than repairing serious birth defects is illegal. Any genetically enhanced human being is barred from serving in Starfleet or practising medicine.
O'BRIEN: I don't there's been a case dealing with any of this in a hundred years. You can't be sure how they'll react.
BENNETT: I don't think so. Two hundred years ago we tried to improve the species through DNA resequencing, and what did we get for our trouble? The Eugenics Wars. For every Julian Bashir that can be created, there's a Khan Singh waiting in the wings. A superhuman whose ambition and thirst for power have been enhanced along with his intellect. The law against genetic engineering provides a firewall against such men and it's my job to keep that firewall intact.

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