Genetically Designer Babies

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Throughout human life, babies have been born naturally with their own unique set of genes that make them who they are. Not by a decision or choice. What if instead you could pick out your own child’s physical traits like their hair color or eye color? The big question is, what if our future technology could bring in human life with what is called genetically designed babies? The word alone sounds crazy but, scientists are actually making this idea prosper. In this reflection, I will be discussing the points about whether parents should be given the opportunity to select traits for their children.
First, let’s talk about what really is a genetically designed baby. According to Nicole Fabian-Weber from The Stir, “A genetically designed baby
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According to the Singularity HUB web site, “Dr. Steinberg, Director at The Fertility Institutes, claims that they are performing on the order of 10 gender selection fertilizations every week, each for a fee of $18,400.”(Singularity HUB, 2009) Just being able to change your child’s gender already is a heaping $18,000! If you think about people in the America, not a lot of us have $18,000 to just pull out of our pockets for a gender change. Thinking about how much it costs for a gender change in your own baby, how much would it cost for the more important things like getting rid of the genes carrying diseases?! Most people in America can barely even afford to get by with what they have! According to the Saving 2 Invest web site, “ In 2008 and 2009, 50% of American households make less than $50,000 in income and 50% make more. But income levels do vary by state, reflecting the disparate cost of living across the nation.”(State Household Median Income, 2011) Looking at these research and facts, not only would genetically designed babies be for the rich, it would also depend on where your live. For example from the web site, Saving 2 invest, their chart of 2008 and 2009, shows that if you were to live in Connecticut, your income would be about $64,000. Or in the other case in most of the states like in Mississippi, you would earn about $35,000 in income.(State Household Median Income, 2011)…show more content…
The idea of having a genetically designed baby could sounds like a very good practical idea to use. Most people would think it is a good idea. Having the ability to fix your babies imperfections like diseases or physical appearances. Not having to worry about your baby carrying a gene with a disease but, it’s not a good idea at all! One factor that plays out in this is MONEY. Money is really an issue by dealing with who can do this and what types of things you can do. Some ideas sound great but, looking at the big picture, this is NOT a realistic option for America. Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson once said, “Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we're still at the mercy of nature.”(Natural Quotes, n.d.) With all of that said, this new technology with genetically designing babies is not the right way to go. We need to let the human life take its natural path instead of trying to make each human individual perfectly normal. Having perfectly normal people in America doesn’t make us who we are. America is a very unique country that consists with very unique and inspiring people. Genetically designing babies would only make us less unique of a country than we are. So, let’s keep being unique and go on with our lives
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