In his article, Catalano predicts that with technology advancing at such a rapid pace, that one day designer babies will soon be a reality. Even though genetically engineering humans is frowned upon by most of society, it has the potential to become commonplace in the near future. Similar procedures that alter the genes of a fetus exist today but are less intrusive include the preimplantation genetic diagnosis and the nuclear transfer. The Human Genome Project will help scientists learn how to genetically engineer humans
Designer babies is a term used by journalists to describe the process by which we may be able to use genetic technology to modify embryos and give our children desirable traits. Creating designer babies uses a technique known as inheritable genetic modification which modifies genes in eggs, sperm or early embryos and results in the altered genes being passed on to future generations (Steere). I am against the concept of creating designer babies genetically modified to have desirable traits. Genetically modifying babies to have more preferable genes may produce unexpected outcomes that can have a harmful effect on the health and advancement of the human race. Genetically modifying the babies can ultimately lead to a generation of genetically similar people which can mess up the process of evolution in the human race.
And of course, once the technology was described in the scientific literature, it would be possible for, for... ... middle of paper ... ...r drastically with the new-found breakthroughs in genetic engineering; the capabilities of changing human characteristics will become irrefutably unpredictable. Thus with the rapidly advancement in technology, it is the people’s will to acknowledge how far and to what extent humanity should invest in and to know exactly when to stop to prevent future discontinuities of the nature of human kind. Work Cited Bailey, Ronald. "Hooray for Designer Babies!." Reason.
Parents may want their child to have a certain eye color or to be intelligent, but is it worth the risk of something going wrong? The problem with designer babies is that there are instances where it is not morally right and is harmful to society. If couples are able to select physical traits, our society could become less unique; individuality would not exist. If everyone has the same genetic makeup and physical traits the course of evolution could be altered. Pre-birth testing can also be seen as unethical because if a couple knows there is something wrong with the fetus, they could terminate the pregnancy.2 Children should have a right to life regardless of what the diagnosis; many children are born with illnesses and still live normal lives.2 Are people playing God by using these techniques and can the be used to change the genetic makeup of a person to have a certain look.3 The person may feel used; the technology can be used to harm society in the future, for example, the techniques can be abused so that there are certain genetic features the baby will
A designer baby is a child who is genetically modified for the purpose of removing any defects that are genetically linked, and/or to select certain genes that appeal to the parents. This process of creating designer babies is called genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is the alteration of DNA by adding and/or removing certain genes. Since the discovery of human genetic modification, scientists have proposed the idea of
DESIGNER BABIES There have been many social views on the topic of designer babies, which include a scientist point-of-view. Designer babies are those of which parents can make the rash decision to genetically alter their child so that they do not develop the genetic disorders that many of us have today. By using IVF or InVitro Fertilization as the method of altering the genes, doctors have been able to “custom make” unborn babies to portray or eliminate certain characteristics. What is a Designer Baby and How Are They Made? By definition, a “Designer Baby” is a genetically modified, unborn child.
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.
Do we risk creating children as a medical commodity? Could it ultimately lead to parents demanding genetically-engineered offspring with good looks, intelligence, or athletic abilities? It is my position, from a practical medical perspective, that although this research has much potential, the adverse effects outweigh the positive gains. When this research is used under the motives of cosmetics, it will adversely affect our society and the human race as a whole. Presented in this paper are the types of genetic engineering, their purposes, their potential, and the controversy of this research.
Perfection is tempting, but it is not easy to achieve. Genetic engineering babies has only recently been introduced to the world. Scientists have tried to transfer and alter genes in organisms to prevent inherited diseases and undesirable characteristics from being passed down to the offspring. To engineer organisms, it requires scientists to alter the sequence of genes. There are risks factors to these experiments, but some well off people are willing to take the chances to create the perfect baby.
When the choice to change every characteristic of a child is available, many would not refuse. Why have average children when it is possible to have one with perfect health, one whose good looking, intelligent and every other desirable characteristic parents could want? ... ... middle of paper ... ...his reason the child wouldn’t have the traits their parents gave them and that would be wrong. People should believe that everyone is special ad not try to make their children perfect because we don’t live in a perfect world. Works Cited "Designer Babies - TIME."