Designer Babies: The Next Step in Genetic Technology?

Genetically modified animals and crops are becoming more commonplace by the day.  As the technology used to accomplish this genetic modification advances and becomes more accessible, the possibility of genetically modified humans is becoming more realistic.  In the future, parents may be able to genetically modify their unborn children, keeping them free from disease while providing them with sought-after traits.  However, this possibility raises significant ethical questions and bans on prenatal engineering are currently under consideration.  Of the ethical questions presented, one considers what to do with failed attempts at genetic modification.  At present, unwanted genetically modified crops and animals are simply discarded, but this model raises serious questions with respect to genetic modification in humans.  However, despite such ethical dilemmas, some believe the potentially empowering effect of human genetic modification may be worth the ethical risks.  Read more here.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s