I do believe parents should be able to pick genetic characteristics of their children, only if it is absolutely necessary and the parents want to have their own child. Some of the pros to this might be that the parents have a high chance of a genetic disease, so a designer baby might be necessary to reduce or remove that genetic disease. I feel that designer babies should only be designed if it is some genetic disease or something that would harm the baby only to eliminate the disease.
The practice of prenatal genetic testing, although becoming commonplace, has been put at the center of the abortion debate in the United States. Doctors should only perform prenatal genetic testing in rare cases and very sparingly in order to protect the lives of the unborn whose genome sequence may deviate from what is considered genetically ¨normal¨. Although ¨testing and abortion are not synonymous¨ (Rebouché and Rothenberg 993) these two have begun to form a clear connection in a world where abortion is now acceptable. While prenatal genetic testing makes improvements every year, there still is a risk of harming the unborn, yet living child. Not only can testing bring harm to the child, it may also lead to the parent´s terminating a
Imagine being able to decide what your baby’s future is before it even exists. Genetic engineering is becoming a controversy in this world. There a dispute between people as to whether this will be a common procedure that will occur and if it will cause benefits or drawbacks. This issue is important to everyone because it will affect lives to come. Some may argue it is inhumane alter your child to what you please; although others argue it will make lives superior with the medical advances. Human genetic engineering is beyond morally wrong and creates many concerns rather than just solutions. Therefore, genetic modification of humans should not become permissible in this world.
Genetic engineering enables scientists to provide individuals lacking a particular gene with correct copies of that gene. If and when the correct gene begins functioning, the genetic disorder may be cured. This procedure is known as human gene therapy.” Many agree that if we can fix and genetic mutations during pregnancy, that we should. However, not all agree that we should decide some characteristics.
What is your image of perfect? By altering genes it would be possible to produce, what in your eyes might be, the “perfect” child. Designer babies are children whose genes are artificially altered and replaced at an embryonic stage to either express or eliminate certain genes. English physician, Walter Heape, established the scientific roots of in vitro fertilization in the late-nineteenth century by transferring embryos from one rabbit to another. The first successful application of IVF in humans took place almost a century later on July 25, 1978, when Louise Brown was born and entitled the world 's first “test-tube baby” (Lerner). This procedure’s purpose is to switch out genes for more preferred ones, especially to improve the health of the child. Genetic engineering could permit selection of desired physical and pleasurable traits for non-medical reasons, which has created concern in some people. The process of switching out the genes of a fetus to install genes that are more preferred has brought up debate about whether or not parents should be able to alter their babies genes to make them more appealing to the parents interests. There are many different ways of looking at this procedure and in contrast to other scientific procedures it can be for greater good or for unnecessary enhancement that could potentially create problems in society. Designer babies aren’t morally correct or incorrect, but are in between depending on what it is being used for.
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.
Designer’s babies are just another slippery slope into raising ethnical debate and issues. Even though scientists are viewing genetic engineering as a way of combating genetic illness and mutation, however they may run the risk of turning children into merchandise. Product like items, ready to be picked up from the shelf’s, allowing the parents and scientists to have that sort of control on what the child would look like, intelligence and traits. (Charnell Jones, 2012) They are basically stripping the Childs freedom of choice and individuality away from them. Playing God and fighting against nature can only lead to serious consequences in the long-term. On the other hand scientists have been able to make a positive change on genetically transforming
Current times suggest, people are already concerned about their appearance; height, weight and beauty. This is leading people towards technology and science to change their features, which is the process of plastic surgery. In the future Non-designer babies would be treated unfairly due to their imperfections. These children would be missing out on opportunities such as education, jobs, and overall acceptance in society. Designer babies could also a put a gap in society, with them being the best looking, smarter, prettier. Society could become “designer babies” vs. “non-designer babies”. There would be more discrimination against the mentally disabled with more designer babies
“Where do babies come from?” Every child at one point or another will ask this classic question. Depending on the age of the child, some parents will tell the story of the stork, or if they feel it is morally wrong to lie to their child, they will just say “when two people love each other.” Sooner or later, either through mischievous friends or eventually from their parents, a child will learn the biological development of a baby. They then believe this is the only way a baby is created- simple and easy. However, reproduction is the exact opposite of simple and easy. In some cases, the male and/or female may be infertile. There are numerous causes of infertility, for example: hormonal imbalance, environmental conditions, autoimmune disorders,
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
If given the chance, would people change any physical or personal traits about themselves? The genetics company “23andMe” was given a license on technology that allows humans to design a child to be everything they wish it to be, as designer genetics help to create the “perfect” infant. As scientist begin to use technology to unfold the hidden mysteries behind designer genetics, a scheme of genetically modified children is being made. Scientists are beginning to fathom which gene does what and ultimately what genes can be manipulated to meet the parent's desires, by using a donor, as this “meme”, of the idea of a perfect child, is starting to become highly coveted. In Susan Blackmore’s essay, “Strange Creatures”, she presents the ideas of a
Ever heard of designer babies, ever thought wow that sounds awesome, or I would love a designer baby. But have you ever thought about how it could harm your baby or hurt you? Well, sometimes it’s ok to give what god gave people no matter what. The things people can change about your baby is their The gender of the baby, The outward looks of the baby ,Reduce the baby’s chances of falling sick or getting affected with a particular disease, Change the baby’s overall personality, After and improve the baby’s overall levels of intelligence. If we can should we? This is the question I’m asking. Why would Americans do that to a human being.