Bioethics of Selection of a Childs genetic characteristics

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Ever since the Human Genome Project has completed, how humans can modify the identified genes became a hot topic. The analysis of the structure of DNA and the locations of genes make artificial genes enhancement possible. Ethical and legal issues were discussed throughout the entire world.
The selection of a baby’s characteristic can be achieved by recombining DNA. The discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by Watson and Crick led to a huge studying wave of DNA. Seventeen years after their discovery, recombinant DNA (rDNA), also known as genetic engineering or gene splicing, was introduced to the world. This is a technology that allowed a new and more precise kind of gene manipulation, not only across species lines but out of the animal kingdom (Morgan, “The Genetics Revolution: History, Fears, And Future Of A Life-Altering Science.”). With the identified functions of genes, in the future scientists are able to add or delete the traits as they want precisely.
The achievement of this technology is just the matter of time. However, the difficulties are more coming from the ethical issues it raised, rather than the science research. Concerns on how the modified humans will affect the society become a hot topic, even raised fear among some people.
A naissance of one new technology always accompanies ethical issues. A fear of gene enhancement spreads widely. One reason is that genetic characteristics selection technology is immature, which could result in unwanted change of humans. Also, gene enhancement may result in unequal distribution. With the rich people having their “superbabies”, poor people would have less chance to diminish the gap between them and the rich. As the report coauthor Mark Frankel, the director of the ...

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