Designer Babies Persuasive Essay

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The much-awaited day is almost here, dreaded by some, and anticipated by others. Potential parents may soon have the choice to tailor-make their own designer baby, that is, one whose genetic make-up has been selected in order to eradicate a particular defect, or to ensure that a particular gene is present (Designer). How appealing to design their newborn to be disease-free, brown, blue, or green eyed, blonde or brunette, female or male, athletic, musical, and intelligent! But in the bigger scheme of things, is it a good idea? There is a heated debate among scientists, bioethicists, politicians, and citizens worldwide about the limitations, if any; that should be set on genetic engineering in the human reproductive domain. Potential parents, future lawmakers, and medical professionals will be decisive in the future of genetically designed children. Hopefully, the evidence presented in this paper will conclusively demonstrate that designer babies have an unfair advantage in society, and will ultimately skew its balance.
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