Essay Designing Babies

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Designing Babies

Should we be designing babies? Designer babies are people who are genetically modified before birth, (as an embryo) to change their sex, looks or possibly even personality!

Since the DNA code was cracked a couple of years ago, it has been made possible to change a human embryo by injecting genes into it. These injected genes can change the sex, looks and personality of that particular child when he / she is born. For example, you can currently choose the sex of your child in the USA although it costs a hefty $ 2500.

Are these designer babies improving on nature? Improving on nature is a step forward for the human race; in a word, evolution. Are we, by designing and
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The concept of designer babies has been around for a long time. You only have to look at works of fiction such as "Brave New World "and "Frankenstein" to see the interest such a topic creates in people's imagination. Now that this science has become a reality, it is increasingly possible to see the advantages such a process will have for future generations.

Probably one of the most compelling arguments for the genetic engineering of humans would be the recent high profile case of the Hashmi family. Nobody following the case could fail to be moved by the genuine love and concern the Hashmi's have for their dying son Zain.

Without the birth of their designer baby, which by necessity would have a bone marrow match, Zain's life would be short lived due to his rare genetic blood disorder, Thalassaemia. The Hashmi's used a relatively new treatment called Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), to insure that Zain's brother would have a compatible blood type before he was replaced back into the mothers uterus using IVF treatment.

Some people think that the Hashmis are putting an unnecessary burden on this child for the rest of his life, but I am left thinking that the Hashmis will love and care for their new child, as much if not more than many of their critics love their own children.

This new technology also allows

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