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Designer Babies

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Designer Babies
I’ve been poked and prodded at ever since I can remember, but what I didn’t know was that I was actually a poked and prodded at individual even before my existence. Transplanted DNA is what they should have named me instead of Wang. I find my existence to be not as real or as wanted as others who were conceived naturally with both loving parents and even the idea of other loving parents adopting their children. It just seems unfair that my parents would make decisions for me before I was even born. The idea of someone wanting to create their child is absurd. Our bodies own process of getting rid of the bad genes is something we can not control. We can not begin to have the same instinct as our bodies. Allowing this to go on could jeopardize an individual’s identity and its remarkableness and how far is too far in parents decision making. This process will also affect the “designed baby” emotionally for the child may think they are not real in the sense that they were created for selfish purposes. Altering an embryo's genetics affects the child physically and emotionally. As well as affecting the society as a whole in the long run.
Designer babies, a term used by journalists, are described as “advanced reproductive technologies allowing parents and doctors to screen embryos for genetic disorders and for selecting healthy embryos” (Bionet). There are three ways that can be used to create this “designer baby”. “The simplest way to a designer child is human cloning: taking a cell from an adult and combining it with a human egg to make an identikit clone of the adult. This is the ultimate pedigree child with guaranteed genes […] Another more difficult way to make designer people, or a super race, is to take sperm or eggs, or cells in a developing embryo, and add new genes to them. This is called germ cell alteration […] A third way is to alter cells after birth. This is called somatic cell alteration. Here the effects will die out when the person dies, and will not be passed onto a second generation of designer babies” (Dixon).
Parents make decisions for their children before they are even born. The unborn fetus is robbed of molding their own identity because their physical traits have been chosen for them indirectly. The child is artificial and unnatural. A science experiment preformed wrongfully, in hopes to create one’s self conscious idea of...

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...hat fate can only be made possible by altering the traits that nature intended us to inherit. Thus putting wrongful thoughts of people’s views of what’s acceptable. When in reality everybody is different and that’s what gives a person an identity and if we all look the same then that would be a world of chaos and if you're not rich enough then you’re put to the side as “the ugly duckling”. Once we are capable of changing our child genetically the imperfect will not be accepted in a society of a “super human race” of intelligent, flawless, disease free people.

websites where i got the quotes
1http://www.bionetonline.org/English/Content/db_cont1.htm
“Advanced reproductive technologies allow parents and doctors to screen embryos for genetic disorders and select healthy embryos.” -definition
2http://www.spiked-online.com/Articles/00000006DD57.htm
Debating 'designer babies'
Personal reproductive choices should not be a matter for legal regulation. by Ellie Lee
3http://www.reason.com/rb/rb030602.shtml
helpful info for debate pro
4http://www.globalchange.com/designer.htm
sex selection should not be allowed because one should love their child no matter what sex or appearance it may have.
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