Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing And Designer Babies

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With the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, we were given the ability to identify every gene that forms the building blocks of a human being. Researchers are attempting to use these blueprints to make perfect children with the screening of embryos before they are implanted into the mother’s uterus; a procedure called Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis. This screening shows the presence of any genetic defect, including traits not related to the embryos health. Today screenings are being used to identify genetic defects that prevent women from having healthy children, however lately individuals are interested in using this screening to manufacture a child that will be born with what they would consider the superior genes. Although people are in favor of using the screenings to identify the genetic defects, according to a paper published in June 2006 by Kathy L. Hudson of the Genetic and Public Policy Center, 72% disapprove of the Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis that’s used to create designer babies. Citizen are demanding that the government draws a …show more content…
The number one unacceptable use of the Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis is creating Designer Babies, and some unintended consequences may begin creating new critical disease/disorders, transforming society into a strict social class based on your genetics and may even wipe out the human race.
With the Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, multiple eggs taken from the mother’s ovaries are fertilized with sperm within different test tubes outside the mother’s womb. Originally, this procedures goal was to screen a fertilized embryos detecting any genetic disorders or diseases the embryo would be born with, before being implanted into the mother’s womb. From this mothers are able to choose healthy embryos that would not be passed on with genetic diseases. Screening an embryo gives us the ability to dissect each and every gene revealing every trait

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