CRE101 Chapter 4, Reasons Suzy Wnuck Objectives: To use internet resources and databases to locate issues, reasons, and conclusions. Directions: Critically read several issues from the procon.org website and select one issue that you find interesting. Write the issue on the line below in the form of a question. Read the “reasons” provided and select your top 3 “pro” and top 3 “con” reasons. Read the background information after the reasons and you can select a video (pro/con) to view if you have earbuds or headphones.
In Dinesh D’Souza’s “Staying Human”, D’Souza contemplates the technological advances of the biotech revolution. He considers the effects of this revolution, through its benefits and hindrances upon society. D’Souza also contemplates the role parents will play in this society. Because of advances in biotechnology, parents assume the role of creator and attempt to design children according to their will. When utilizing biotechnology, parents determine the values they believe constitutes a “model Child” and attempt to assume the role of creator.
Option 1: Designer Babies What is a designer baby? Designer baby is a non-scientific but popular journalistic term that refers to gene therapy, a technique that uses genes, screening, and modifying embryos to cure hereditary diseases. The term is also used to describe a possible scenario in which scientists choose specific traits or physical characteristics (genetic-makeup) before a baby is born. This process can help to remove many genetic diseases stemmed from defects in mitochondria ("BBC - Horizon - 2005 -
The issue of modification through gene manipulation becomes increasingly complex when considering how this technology can be used as a means to unethical and harmful uses. In the article, Babies with Genes From 3 people could be Ethical, Panel Says, Rob Stein exposes various concerns about three gene donors in an embryo, including how a scientist, “Could introduce some new disease into the human gene pool or that scientists could try to do this for other reasons-nonmedical reasons, like create designer babies where parents pick the traits of their children.” Stein goes on to explain how the gene replacement procedure would take place, which continues to usher in a plethora of concerns as whether to allow Crispr technology be tested on a embryo.
Title: Could the CRISPR Gene Editing Tool result in Designer Babies? 1. Introduction Gene editing is a method which allows making very precise changes to the DNA in a cell. The introduction will contain an insight in the revolutionary new-found technology CRISPR with its potential to change humanity forever in a way that it captures the interest of the reader. 2.
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. Designer babies can prevent genetic disorders, which can create a healthier generation of kids in the future. Therefore this can eliminate genetic diseases for everyone and make future reproduction easier by not having to use designer babies again.
How would you feel if your parents constructed you, would you feel dehumanized, or how about deprived of your individuality? Advances in medicine, like designer babies, are not beneficial because designer babies can only be used by the rich, babies lose their individuality, and genes are not perfect. The only reason the rich can use this is because it cost $100,000. If you decide to create your own baby you could change anything from their hair color to what diseases they get. Genes are not perfect because not all diseases can be cured by this process and people think this process can cure any diseases they do not want their child to have.
Biotechnology What is biotechnology? Biotechnology is the exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc. Biotechnology has four major types of applications. Biotechnology is technology based on biology, it harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet.
There are religious, ethnic and cultural biases in our society that are the main cause and lead to non-healthy choices in designer babies. Modernization is linked with scientific inventions and discoveries which are part of this 21st century in which we live today. Modernization helped us to discover many new things however, it has also helped us to discover a lot about the details and functioning of the human body. Such discoveries have always done in order to cause betterment to the humanity and in a way to improve our knowledge with regard to humans. There is a huge difference in opinion amongst a number of people.
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.