Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bio-engineered Kids?

Designer Baby: refers to a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering combined with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics This is called Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).
Many of us may wonder what a Designer baby is and better yet what does it do? Well scientifically speaking a designer baby is a fetus which was designed to have particular genes or characteristics. My definition though? It is a new scientific development that is altering natural conception and the human cycle.
Designer babies are done through the process of selecting a child’s genes for medical and cosmetic characteristics. This new scientific development has both its negative and positive impact to humanity. However, it is being used in such a way which I feel is getting out of hand for we cannot change the natural balance of things.

“Genetic screening of human embryos may eventually eradicate inherited diseases ranging from breast cancer to cystic fibrosis.”

Reflection in the mirror-

 

What is exactly good about In Virto Ferilization?
Well for starters, it has been used for saving lives which is definitely good. There are such examples which demonstrate how science can be beneficial for humanity.  IVF can be used to select babies without genetic defect which can help survival of the baby increase as well as the mother. Also, IVF can be used so a baby can be perfectly selected to donate to ensure and sustain the life of another. Since Doctors can scan the embryos for genetic makeup, there is a chance of selecting a healthy baby, which is a very beneficial to families since genetic diseases and certain traits can be discarded of. Therefore, IVF can be seen with a shining light as it can benefit humans medically.

 How is In Virto Fertlization bad?
                                                                                                                                 
Well, if it is used for cosmetic reasons, then things are getting out of hand. In today’s world, society brings importance to physical appearance which could be the reason that cosmetic processes are being used to make the ideal child. However, I believe playing with nature in such a way is unethical and immoral. Using science to alter a child’s physical appearance for cosmetic reasons rather than medical reasons is losing value to the gift of life. Life is precious and should be thanked for, however with IVF I feel that life is being taken for granted and loses its values as children are modified- In a way I feel this can be seen as an un-human thing to do. How is it that people can now chose what they want in a child? I think this its very pathetic because at the end the child needs a loving family, environment and to know they are unique and valuable. With IVF, it further shows that acceptance in society is dependant on physical character tics, and not on the person themselves.

So what to do?
Honestly, I feel this is a very technologically advanced technique which can positively affect humanity if used in the right way.
Resources:
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-"Genetic Screening of Embryos | IVF | Conception." Essential Baby: Parenting Information For Mothers, Fathers, Parents & Parents to Be | Essentialbaby.com.au. Web. 24 Nov. 2010. <http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/conception/ivf/designing-principles-at-birth-of-a-new-era-20091123-itj3.html>.
-Johnson, By Priya. "Pros and Cons of Designer Babies." Buzzle Web Portal: Intelligent Life on the Web. Web. 24 Nov. 2010. <http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-and-cons-of-designer-babies.html>.
-"What Is a Designer Baby?" Bionet - New Discoveries in Life Sciences - Explore the Science and Debate the Issues. Web. 24 Nov. 2010. <http://www.bionetonline.org/english/content/db_cont1.htm>.


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