The Christian Science Monitor magazine reported. “Recent technology has allowed scientists to be able to map the DNA of a fetus. This new technology might allow parents to prenatally change disease-causing genes or even pick certain characteristics they would like their child to have”. However, this new technology is making the society discuss about the ethical issues that involves genetic engineering. On the other hand, altering the human genome demonstrated that could help to prevent hereditary diseases, but it is used as to create "designer babies" with enhanced appearance, athletic ability, and intelligence is completely unethical and unnatural.
Since PGD isn’t accepted by the Catholic Church and many other religions, it is completely forbidden is some countries. Chile, Switzerland, China, the I... ... middle of paper ... ...e to increase a human being’s live to 30 years—which I agree is good but only if necessary—. People think Designer babies is the future of our children because it could allows parents to choose what their children look like and what qualities they possess. There is a reason why humans shouldn’t be perfect, there is a reason God created us with flaws and making people perfect is just...wrong. Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis should be used only when it’s necessary, we shouldn’t design out babies, and we shouldn’t test on animals or crops because they can both be harmful.
The belief that He created man, makes designing and choosing characteristics in a child seem to belittle God. Altering a child‘s genetic makeup also takes away from the idea of a baby being a miracle from God because people would have the choice to change and design possibly any aspect of their child. Parents choo... ... middle of paper ... ... child, to be guinea pigs in a potentially fatal medical advancement. Although parents would like to think that altering their child is easy, and free-of-charge, the harsh reality is that no medical experiment, or procedure can be perfected. With this in mind, parents cannot choose to make their child extremely smart or blonde, without knowing the dangers ahead.
Welcome to the world of designer babies. Biomedical advances in technology can now allow us to do extraordinary things to the cosmetic genetics of humans. Parents can now avoid transferring any hereditary diseases to their children using pre implantation genetic diagnosis, create a genetically matched child to save the life of another; appropriately named saviour children, or cosmetically alter a fetus to fit the picture perfect child they always envisioned, hence the name designer babies. Scientists could be offering this treatment to anyone who wanted it, but ethical and moral issues are stopping them and eligible parents from creating designer babies. Is this right?
Now that we are able to engineer the genetic code in humans to this extent, we can now produce a healthier generation that will have our ideal traits and behavior. Genetically altered babies will have no say in what’s being done to their bodies before birth, and consequently will have to live with whatever happens as a result of genetic tampering. I believe that messing with the genetic code in babies to make them have traits and behaviors the way their parents prefer is morally wrong and that babies genes are made a certain way for a reason. It’ll be as ... ... middle of paper ... ...ture generation healthier. There’s too many questions left unexplained and to many unknown facts about the human genome and how it works.
However, Human Cloning should be illegal because of its health risks, loss of gene diversity and the divisive issue; playing with God. Human Cloning should be illegal due to many health risks and the poor cloning success rates. A stat from 2012 explains that, “Clones have a 95% problem rate in miscarriage, debilitating conditions and deformities.” Human cloning could also affect the lifespan of the clone. While this might be true some debate that cloning infants can eliminate all worrying regarding the clone’s health. Scientist can alter the genes to ensure a healthy child.
The idea of genetically modifying an embryo poses the immoral view that humans, who are seen as abnormal, are not as important in today’s society. Expanding from Choice Eugenics, the idea of modifying an embryo has become a process that many scientists are trying to normalize. This process of gene therapy, also known as germ-line engineering, is a fairly new topic of discussion that has been criticized by many for a variety of different reasons. The genetic modification of an embryo poses large threat to the fetus and demonstrates harmful affects which can lead to negative health defects in its future. Many of the technologies used in this process of gene modification are dangerous and can cause significant risk to a fetus.
However, not all advancements are good. In this case, Genetic Modification is deplorable. Altering genes are morally wrong. We should have no right to play God. Conversely, if we allow this, new innovations will be made in this field, where we will start designing our babies as we deem fit.
Parents would become self absorbed and obsessed with the idea of a perfect child. When in fact Shaw notes, “something that is not perfect can nonetheless be valuable” (409). The child’s freedom of choice would be jeopardized. Kids would no longer be able to decide if they want to play a sport or learn an instrument, it would be imbedded in their DNA. Religion is also in conflict with the creation of designer babies.
“A designer baby is a baby genetically engineered in vitro for specially selected traits, which can vary from lowered disease-risk to gender selection, before the advent of genetic engineering and in vitro fertilization (IVF)” (The Embryo Project Encyclopedia). IVF is the process of fertilizing an egg with a sperm cell outside of the body, mostly done in a laboratory, and implanted into the mother. The process of creating a “designer” baby is one that is very tedious. It involves many steps and it has to been done precisely. Designer babies have some people afraid to see the approval of this process.