Despite controversy, the actual science behind the creation of designer babies is supported not only by the public but also the reproductive medical community in regards to genetic disease screening to ensure only healthy embryos are selected.
body and Earth because of a mother’s alternative. “Abortion is the early end of a pregnancy” (Gale, 2016). It is a decision a pregnant mother makes, deciding whether or not to keep her unborn child. Abortion is legal in the United States and has taken a spiraling decline in the abortion rate. Dating back to 1500 B.C., many women wishing to end unwanted pregnancies would do things like fast, deleterious exercise, and consume harmful substances to induce abortion. This controversial topic, abortion,has taken many drastic turns over the years in different cultures, religions, and countries. In the American abortion debate lies the Pro-life Movement and the Pro-choice Movement. People involved in the Pro-life Movement strongly believe that abortion is equal to murder, whereas the people involved in the
“Six foot three, blonde hair, blue eyes, perfect jaw line and muscular body.” Isn’t that what every girl wants in a boy? “5 foot 4, brown hair, nice eyes, nice smile, good body.” Isn’t that what every guy wants to see in a girl? Nowadays your dream boy or girl can come true with one hefty chunk of change. For about $130,000 you can create your very own basic designer baby. By creating a designer baby that means that Doctors go into the embryo and manipulate the egg. Sounds easy right? Well with that comes a number of extremely risky side effects that aren’t worth it. Just like in the book Frankenstein, Victor tried creating the “perfect” human-being with all of the finest features and it turned out utterly wrong.
There has been much debate over altering D.N.A in the next generation of citizens. Many people are disagreeing over the ethics involved with gene editing. Using fairly new technology, Crispr-Cas 9, scientist can now alter D.N.A to eliminate some life threatening diseases and mutations by cutting out unhealthy strands of D.N.A, and replacing it with new ones. More controversially, scientist now have the power to change external appearance and character traits of babies, also know as “designer babies.” Genetic engineering should only be used in most dire situations, only to cure life threatening diseases.
What are parents’ wishes for their children? Some may answer having tall height, nose, big eyes, white skin. Others may answer kindness, intelligence and good health. Will you do if you can make babies, which you really want? It is natural that parents want their children to have a good life. However, it could be egoism of parents. Designer babies are made by genetic modification to remove genetic disease or to get apparently characteristics. The technique has four steps. First, to input gene profile of donor's ovum and sperm into the database. Second, to input gene profile of receptions’ parents’ ovum and sperm into the database. Then, the computer chooses a pair of ovum and sperm that raises a possibility of success. Finally, parents choose donors based on the statistics. (Naik) If designer babies are allowed, it causes problems in gap and identity. Because designing babies means making superior babies. At the root is superiority or inferiority. It is kind of eugenics. Also, when the designer babies are grown up, it is difficult for them to find their identity since they were born as good as for their parents will. Even if it seems to solve problems in
Many biologists/geneticists are in favor of eugenics due to the possibility of advancing the human race, limiting disease, and decreasing the occurrence of negative mutations, while others believe eugenic practices are unethical, useless, and have more potential for harm. Eugenic practices have proven to be extremely controversial, so I will focus on discussing the potential impacts of eugenics on the human body, society, and morality.
As we all can agree, our genes play a highly important role in making us who we are as humans. If the information produce by genes is normal than everything can turn out normal and infants can be born healthy. There are those incidents the genetic information produce by genes is wrong and results of this information can lead to injury, disease, and/or illness of the fetus (Munson, 2012). The ability to predict or diagnosis miss information produced by genes is called genetic testing. This testing can be done before conception, during pregnancy, and of the infant and parents after birth. So when is the best time to discuss this with parents? The sooner the better. According to Pillitteri (2014), nurses play a
In 1932, Aldous Huxley imagined and wrote about a world where designer baby technology is prevalent in his science-fiction novel, Brave New World. The technology would not come until many years later, but his ideas still hold up today. In the book, there were different classes depending on how genetically modified one was, including Alpha or Beta (“The Public Should Oppose Designer Baby Technology”). Outside of science fiction, though, is real science where an actual baby can be genetically modified before even being born. A designed baby is one that is purposefully shaped to be one way or another through processes including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), where an egg is fertilized and genetically altered, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis
In many countries, it is illegal to create a designer baby, but in the United States, there is no law against it (Knoepfler, The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies, TedTalk). In his TedTalk, “The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies,” stem cell and genetics researcher, Paul Knoepfler, states the long-term risks of designer babies, describing it as “a kinder, gentler, positive eugenics.” He also touches on government involvement in this researcher; “I also think it 's not that unlikely that governments might start taking an interest in genetic modification. So for example our imagined GM Jenna child who is healthier, if there 's a generation that looks like they have lower healthcare costs, it 's possible that governments may start trying to compel their citizens to go the GM route.” I agree with many points Knoepfler makes in his TedTalk. I am not comfortable with the idea of creating designer babies- we do not know what else this could lead to. Knoepfler states, “We should not allow creating genetically modified people,because it 's just too dangerous and too unpredictable.” From the Natural Law perspective, it is interfering with the natural and beautiful process of creating life. It is humans trying to play God. As someone who believes in the good that science brings, I feel that risk designer babies bring outweigh the benefits. It will cause a divide in our society where “traditional” children will be consistently compared to genetically modified children, and it may force people to choose to Personally, I would not be comfort with participating in any assisted reproduction processes. The creation of life is sacred and should be respected and performed in the way God
As technology advances, more things become possible. One of these things is genetically modifying a baby, this is very wrong. Genetic modifying or genetic engineering is altering someone or something’s DNA. Scientists hope to cure diseases with this method, but doing this can lead to some harmful effects. This process is very unethical. This can lead to genetic defects, it limits genetic diversity, and it can be taken to very extreme levels. `
See it this way, you’re a women about to have a baby but you didn’t want a girl you wanted a boy so you decide to have a designer baby, but you get the baby you want a boy with blond hair and blue eyes but he could have and accidental termination, meaning that something went wrong. But let me ask you this.. Why? How could you live in a world that you had a beautiful baby but it is now a designer baby. And studies show that “ 3 out of 10 people who opt for having a designer baby feel that they can make their babies immortal(living forever)”. Yes that could be a good thing but what about the child. How do you think that they would feel about it. Knowing that they aren’t who they actually thought they are. Wow that would be hard to life like that.
Do you know that based on the scientific studies, 90% human cloning tuned out to be unsuccessful. Human cloning(modifying babies) is a process of producing new identical babies by altering their genomes. Some of studies show that scientists successfully cloned animals such as cows, Pigs, and sheep. For the past 3-5 years human cloning have a lot of debates and controversies between peoples. However Human cloning is dangerous for the new engineered baby and their moms, so it should be banned to prevent new disease, to constantly limit the population of dying human beings, and to stop unnecessary fees to modify babies.
Human eugenics has become a popular technology in the biology world of reproduction. The idea of conserving the superior traits and deleting the tainted traits has become an exciting movement where even novels like Brave New World has predicted us with the dramatic future of eugenics. Although the idea of deleting tainted traits such as disease seem ideal, the fear of creating “perfect” traits will create dominance from the upper class and will strip individualism.
Editing of the human genome in the past has been only a sight seen in dystopia works such as Brave New World. Now, genetic enhancement is a prevalent today and people are beginning to realize the issues that can arise from creating these designer babies. Gene editing can be helpful to eradicate life changing disabilities. Yet, the term disability does not correctly label these differently abled people, as the idea of what is considered disabled has changed overtime. To fully understand the consequences and implications of genetic selection and enhancement of human embryos, society must mature and declare lines of what is and is not ethically moral.
Throughout the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley discusses a plethora of themes. She presents these themes through the characters and their actions. Some of these themes can spark some arguments and raise a few questions. One of these themes presented in Frankenstein is birth and creation and presents a significant topic in today’s world. Can man play the role of God?