The Brave New World Of Artificial Reproduction

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The Brave New World of Artificial Reproduction

Prior to giving birth, most women wonder what their “bun in the oven” will look like and what their personality will be. Will he have his grandma 's button nose and his dad 's auburn hair? Will she have her mom 's strawberry blonde ringlets and her great-grandpa 's piercing blue eyes? Maybe he will have his grandma 's sense of humor, or maybe she will have gotten her grandpa 's calm temperament. These are just some of the questions people ponder over while awaiting the birth of a new baby. Some others, however, fret over the arrival of their new bundle of joy. With diseases floating around in the family gene pool, no one offers any condemnation to the potential parents for panicking in despair over their forthcoming child. In the future, these questions will likely be rendered irrelevant, all due to a procedure called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis is a process in which embryos are created through IVF (in vitro fertilization) and are tested to identify any genetic defects said embryo may possess in order to prevent certain disorders or diseases from being transmitted to the offspring before being implanted in the uterus. This may appear to be a noble action if a defective gene has somehow managed to sneak into the family gene pool, but it is all only a facade to conceal the appalling truth. Not only does the process of tweaking genes jeopardize health, it is saturated in moral and social
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