Pros and Cons of Designer Babies

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Pros and Cons of Designer Babies

Designer babies are babies, whose genetic makeup has been artificially screened and chosen by scientists, via genetic engineering. This concept has raised numerous ethical issues. Let's have a look at the pros and cons of designer babies.
Did You Know?
The term 'designer baby' was actually coined by journalists and not scientists.
The term 'designer baby' made its entry into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004, where it is defined as "a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering, combined with in vitro fertilization to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics.”
What is a Designer Baby?

Advances in genetics have given birth to this concept
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When he's older we'll tell him what his purpose was, that he's extra-special for the gift he gave. If something happened to Harriet, hopefully Michael's arrival would cushion the blow. Until then we'll do everything in our power to save her. Wouldn't any parent do the same?"
On the other hand, a not so fortunate Shahana Hashmi, was denied the right to have a designer baby in the UK (on ethical grounds), to save her four-year old son who was suffering from a rare and terminal blood disorder. Later, when the right was restored, her body has passed the viable reproductive stage, and she was unable to bring a savior child for her ailing son. To this she says, ''Our intention was never to create a designer child. It was to create a much loved child who could help his brother.''))

2.Prevent Genetic Disorders
Genetic screening can reduce the baby's chances of being born with several serious diseases like Down syndrome, spinal muscular atrophy, cystic fibrosis, familial hypercholesterolemia, rare blood disorders such as Diamond-Blackfan anemia, etc.

Families with inherited medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc. or diseases like parkinson's disease, thalassemia, cancer, arthritis, hypothyroidism, Alzheimer's disease, etc. may want to go in for designer babies to prevent the next generation from inheriting genes with these diseases.

Disease-bearing genes can be screened for and only

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