Implications Of Genetically Modifying Babies

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babies, one thing is certain: the babies should only be genetically modified for medical purposes. In this case, scientists would use CRISPR/Cas9 to take out any DNA in the embryo that coded for a life-threatening or incurable disease (Hernandez 1). Genetically modifying babies for this reason would significantly benefit society. It would enable researchers to eliminate devastating diseases inside a baby before it is even born; this would save infant lives and prevent babies from being born with serious disabilities (Gyngell 1). There are currently 7.9 million children around the globe who suffer from an incurable genetic disease that they were born with, such as cancer, down-syndrome, etc. However, this number could easily be reduced …show more content…
If scientists make live genetically modified babies in the years to come, they should not modify the babies for nonmedical purposes (Gallagher 1). Genetically modifying babies for nonmedical purposes means that researchers would use CRISPR on embryos not to cure diseases, but rather to design babies to their parents’ liking. Scientists, for instance, could change the embryo’s DNA to make the baby more athletic, more intelligent, more attractive, etc. (Gallagher 1). Genetically modifying babies for this purpose would negatively affect society in many ways. First, the practice would create a division between the rich and the poor. Getting scientists to genetically modify an individual’s baby for specific traits would not be that cheap of a process; therefore, only wealthier people would be able to afford it (Smith 1). Wealthy couples would, in turn, be able to genetically modify and improve their babies. However, the poorer people in society would not have the money for CRISPR and would not be able to enhance their babies. Their children would eventually be viewed as inferior in comparison to the enhanced babies of the wealthier individuals (Smith 1). This would ultimately lead, “to the emergence of genetic ‘haves’ and genetic ‘have nots’ ” and would cause a separation to develop between the rich and the poor (Smith 1). …show more content…
This would mean that the parents could end up with a child who is highly intelligent, but who is also moody and angry a lot. This would certainly not fit the description of a perfect child. Since it is proven that genetically modifying babies for nonmedical purposes does not actually create a perfect baby, it is clear that scientist should not perform the practice (Nordquist

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