Designer Babies and Nature

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Designer Babies and Nature Improving on nature is basically when we, as a society, interfere with the natural process of nature e.g. plant growth. A present day example of when we have been trying to improve on nature is Genetically Modified Foods, a topic that is currently the subject of a lot of debate. The people who are entrusted to improve on nature, the scientists, do it with the intention of giving us a better quality of life. The latest major idea to come from the world of science on how we can improve on nature is the concept of genetically modified embryos, or so-called "designer babies". It is reported that scientists are coming very close to having the technology to manipulate and screen embryos so that any diseases could be eliminated or immunised against. The technology could even be used to manipulate eye colour and other characteristics of an embryo, even gender. When we began our class debating and research of designer babies, I immediately took an extremely conservative and one-sided outlook on the topic. I believed that any thought of genetically engineering babies was sick and that there was no way we could put our future generations at risk by making them into some mad scientist's warped experiment, no matter how good were the intentions about wiping out disease were. If we left any loopholes in the use of the technology, it would be exploited and then it would be no time before we ended up having mass human genetic engineering laboratories, like those in "Brave New World" by Aldus Huxley or failed experiments such as Frankenstein in Mary Shelly's novel of the same name. However, as we delved deeper ... ... middle of paper ... ...d that detailed, informed debate takes place immediately otherwise we could end up with a human spare parts industry or a warped Utopia, like Brave New World. The voice of history and literature should not be ignored as they can serve as warnings to the governments today. The attempted Swedish eugenics of the 1970's is only today fully coming to light and Brave New World is so frighteningly accurate it chills my spine thinking about it. I believe strongly that depending on the choices of our governments now, we are either on the verge of a discovery so great it could change human life for the better like never before, or, if the wrong choices over legislation and the extent to which genetic engineering can go are made, then we could, over an amazingly short period of time, initiate our own self destruction.

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