The Perfect Child: Genetic Engineering Essay

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could produce the perfect child?
You picked their eye color, hair color, body type, even intelligence level. Instead of waiting nine months to see what your child looks like; you will already know because you chose their outer appearance. Improvements in science, has given way to the idea of allowing people to choose their offspring’s physical attributes. This new concept is known as ‘designer babies.’ A designer baby according to the oxford dictionary is 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 (designer babies). Designer Babies are not illegal, but the public does not take a big shine to it; they think the government should put a ban on it. I however, do not see a problem with it, because a designer baby not only gives you the opportunity to design a beautiful baby, it also cures diseases, prevent genetic diseases, and increase life expectancy.
Designer babies, even though they are good, also come with a negative side; the destruction of the unwanted embryos . In order to get the perfect child, several embryos have to be created. Out of the several embryos created, sometimes only one is perfect, so the rest are destroyed. For this reason, people who are pro-life are against designer babies, because you are taking a life away. It is hard to get into the details of that without getting into abortion, but in my defense I would like to ask, if you know at a very early period, that your child is going to be born with birth defects and even genetic diseases, that is going to cause the child to have a short painful life, would you not want to have the child aborted before it even starts to develop?
People on the other side of designer babies also state that ‘to mess with the genetic makeup of a human being is playing God. To properly refute that, I would have to take from biochemist James Watson, who co-discovered the structure of DNA in 1953. “In all honesty, if scientists don't play God, who will?" He asked. He then went on to say "If we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn't we? Evolution can be just damn cruel, and to say that we've got a perfect genome and there's some sanctity? I'd like to know where that idea comes from, because it's utter silliness."(“Designer Babies': The Next Frontier?” par. 6) In other words, we do not know what the future holds, so we should do anything we could do to better prepare ourselves for it.
In the case of designer babies however, the good out-weighs the bad. To begin with, designer babies can be used to cure diseases. Designer babies are possible through a process called gene therapy. “Gene therapy will eventually allow researchers to cure people of a host of diseases such as cancer, AIDS and thousands of genetic disorders, helping people live longer and better lives”....

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