It Is Possible, Should We Do It? Essay

1609 Words Nov 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Just because it is possible, should we do it?
Imagine that one day you find out that your parents have used PGD technology to select specific characteristics for you to have as you grow up. How would you feel about it? I would feel that my whole life has been a lie. I would not know if the things I like are because of who I really am, or because I have been artificially modified. I can understand that parents want the best for their children, but there are limits. The desire to control life and its outcomes go against the essence of life, and ultimately, against individual freedom and responsible parenting. The simple fact that this technology will become possible in the future to those who want to determine specific aspects of their child’s personality, is scary and unpromising. I would clearly draw a line between the use of this technology for screening embryos that have serious inherited diseases, and its use for nonmedical and frivolous reasons. Selecting the personal characteristics of an unborn human being seems unnatural and unethical to me.
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, also known as PGD, is an emerging technology in which embryos are tested for specific genes. When combined with in vitro fertilization (IVF) parents can make sure that only selected embryos are transferred to the uterus. PGD was originally designed to prevent serious medical diseases; but most recently, this technology has been developed to screen for other nonmedical reasons which include…

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