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.


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