The Future of Designer Babies
Since the time Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) was discovered, genetic modification has been a topic of discussion. One discovery leads to the next, from fertilization by sperm injection to freeze-banking of embryos and postmenopausal motherhood to genetic tests for embryos and transgenic animals. The term "designer baby" simply means, designing a baby by picking out the baby’s eyes, gender, hair color, height, personality, etc. It refers to the concept of isolating human embryos from willing donors, and allowing individuals to select from those embryos based on whichever ones have the most desirable genes or traits. That means that people can choose their baby's sex, appearance, intelligence, longevity, and many personality traits. Children should not be treated like a product. People shouldn’t play God and create their own perfect baby, and when it’s not as perfect as they wanted it to be, just simply throw it out, or instead of making a perfect baby, make a baby that has a disability. Designer babies could lead to the further division of the socioeconomic strata. Designer babies have come to become a huge question, whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing. Children should not be treated like a product. Every parent wants his or her child to be special or perfect in his or her own way, but that is why the parents should make a baby that is put together through their genes, and not someone else’s genes. The process of designing a baby to the parent's specification is called "germ line engineering". This means that the parents could pick out all the child’s characteristics including skin color, ears, nose, feet. This technology helps people pick the genes they want for the future to-be-child. In the article Designer Babies: Ethical Considerations, Nicholas Agar wrote, “The embryos that do not fit the specifications set by the parents will get thrown away” (Agar). If the embryos that had been thrown away were allowed to grow, they...
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