The Birth Of A Baby With Genetic Defects

1744 Words May 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Science has evolved rapidly, from paternal test, to vitro fertilization (IVF) and testing embryos for genetic defects; and recently talks of designer babies. The first genetically tested embryo was in the US in 2000 . With his birth, came a law in the UK, (which was where this baby was born) prohibiting the creation of more of these babies. This law was created since the British Medical Association, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, said that these babies would feel as “medical products”. This law still remains today, but the UK has allowed “the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man” (Gallagher), to prevent the birth of a baby with "mitochondrial diseases ". After the world discovered that the Chinese found a way to edit genes, ethical debates arouse; the discovery of gene editing lead to more countries following the UK and banning genetically modified babies. In 2014, a study was published in a university in japan, where 39 countries were studied and out of these countries almost all of them have ban either the practice or research of these babies or both. But, are these bans legitimate? What are designer babies? And what are their advantages and disadvantages? What are the moral view regarding these genetically transformed children?
We all wish for our baby to be born healthy, and this has not been seen as morally wrong, so what is stopping humans to fulfill their wishes? If these enhancements were made possible and a parent would not use them to make sure their…

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