A Brave New World By Aldous Huxley

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A Brave New World published in 1932 by Aldous Huxley was about a utopian society in which people were placed in castes because of how their embryos were modified. Little did the author know less than a century later the idea of “designer babies” might be a reality. Designer babies are very similar to Huxley’s idea; a person could be genetically altered before they were born. Unlike Huxley’s book, in which embryos were genetically modified due to government industrial control, designer babies’ destinies are determined by parental control. Although, gene alteration can prevent genetic diseases, predetermining genetic outcomes should be illegal because of its negative effects on society; the effect genes have on each other, and the underwhelming success rate.
One reason designer babies should be illegal is because of its negative effects on society. Many believe designer babies “ [will cause] a greater gap in society between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots,’ or rather the ‘ideal’ and ‘non-ideal’ humans” (Catalano). Those who want their unborn child to be genetically adjusted would have to have enough money to have this procedure done. This could result in more drastic differences in wealth and socio-economic standing. Another gap in society that would come from designer babies is the unfair advantage someone with modified genetics could have. One person would have to work on a certain skill to get very good at it, whereas a genetically modified person would be programmed to be good

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