Genetically Modified Babies Essay

888 Words Aug 27th, 2013 4 Pages
Speech Exam Grade VI – Personal Project
“Designer Babies”

Is this the child that you have envisioned in your future? Or maybe did you see your child with brown eyes rather than blue? Maybe more intellectually gifted? Or with the promise of performing well in sport?

What if there was a future where having a child was as simple as selecting desirable genes out of a catalogue? A future where technology granted parents the ability to design and perfect their children. The notion of “Designer Babies” seems absurd; however the rapid development of technology and the potential of gene manipulation could make this a startling reality.

Gene technology is becoming increasingly present in modern society, with scientists continually
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There also remains to be many social concerns regarding the genetic modification of children. It is not feasible for all of society to have access to this type of expensive technology. This would thus widen the existing social divisions in society, creating a genetic aristocracy with new inequalities based on a person’s “genetic merit”. The creation of genetically altered children would also degrade the uniqueness of each individual and therefore, undermine our humanity.

The implications of GM babies on the basic human rights of each individual are also of primary concern. Traditionally we see each individual as a human being, endowed with rights. However, human genetic engineering overthrows that basic conception; degrading humans into objects to be designed like any other consumer good. It would also devalue the meaning of parenthood; with children becoming merely properties of their parents. Further, the creation of “Designer Babies” would affect the unconditional love of parents for their children. Parents who have “gifted” their children with an expensive set of genes will expect them to perform according to their specifications. This would result in additional pressures on the child to live up to the expectations that accompany their “superior genes”.

So if society choses to ignore the warning signs of human genetic engineering, what

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