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Currently, parents are using bio tech to create disease free babies, and some are even choosing genders. Parents can scan embryos to try and find the healthiest child. This is called preimplantation genetic testing and it is used to look for disease or even specific traits in an embryo. Parents who have disease in their family can do this to insure a healthy child, but it can also be used to look at traits that the baby could possibly have.
Even though scanning embryos to try and have healthy child can insure a brighter future, it could easily get out of hand. So far, about 20 designer babies born in the US and this number is going to keep increasing. I believe that creating and designing a baby is wrong and it should not be allowed.
What is the purpose of creating a baby just to be prettier?
Are you suggesting that someone should create a baby for the sole purpose of saving their existing son or daughter?
In your argument above, you said that having a designer baby is pretty much the same thing as having a baby naturally because you can"t insure that they will have the traits that you want. If you can"t insure that the babies will have the traits that you want, then why would you waste hundreds of dollars on trying to design a perfect baby?
Designing your own baby is a pretty new topic. We have conducted very few experiments on humans. We can"t ask people to risk their lives in order to test procedures that would later be used to create babies who were more athletic or better looking. Many people agree, and have tried using the preimplantation technology with monkeys. The life of a pregnant women living in the 21st century is extremely different than the life of a pregnant monkey living in a lab. There is very little research on this topic, and it would be very dangerous to try and perform these operations on humans.
Also, preimplantation technology can be very fatal to both mother and child. An estimated 80% of embryos don"t implant, or result in a miscarriage.
Finally, there is no real purpose of creating an athletic baby who has blonde hair and blue eyes. Many of these traits are affected by outside factors, and in the long run, they can"t be controlled. Designing babies with desired traits can also lead to discrimination. Only the wealthy can afford to design these "perfect people," so the poor will now also be considered inferior to the rich in every possible way.
You wouldn"t be creating a baby to have a baby. You would want to have a baby and you would make that baby prettier. You wouldn"t be having a baby just because you could haev a pretty one.
Yes, I am saying that someone should have a baby to save a living son or daughter.
The reason that is isn"t a 100% guarantee that the baby will have all the traits that you want it to have is because this is a new thing. Over time and with more practice, it will be that you can have a baby with a 100% guarantee of having the characteristics that you want it to have. Nothing is perfect the first time around.
You are saying that designer babies are a new topic and that people should risk their lives testing the procedures to have a designer baby. What do you think would be a more efficient way to test if designer babies work?
You said that designer babies could end in a result like Hitler. How would creating people to be better, end in a result like Hitler killing millions of people?
You talk about "outside factors" affecting people, what "outside factors" do you mean?
We aren"t forcing anyone to have a designer baby, they volunteered. Do you think it is okay that they volunteered or do you think that it is still wrong even if they want to have a designer baby and be part of the experiment?
Designer babies cost lots of money to make. That being said, only people with a lot of money would be able to have designer babies. Just because you are born into a poor or wealthy family, doesn"t mean that you are going to end up being rich or poor. You could be born into a poor family and become very rich. That being said, designer babies are available to everyone. Anybody is allowed to have a designer baby. It isn"t just for specific families. Any person can have a designer baby.
If designer babies are a success, then people as a whole could become healthier, smarter, and less likely to get a disease related to chromosomes, making the human race better. Would you rather live in a world with people that have all sorts of genetic diseases, and people who aren"t healthy? Or would you rather live in a place where genetic diseases are a thing of the past and people are healthy and smart?
Hiltler wanted to create a superior race. He tried to kill off everyone that he didn"t think deserved to live. He made people think that because of how they looked they didn"t deserve to live.
There are many outside factors that can affect your knowledge, skills, and strength. It all leads back to how you are brought up. If you work hard, and participate in activities that will help you with certain skills, you will be affected.
People might not recognize the risks associated with these experiments. Babies and their mothers can end up dead. It doesn"t matter if they volunteer. You shouldn"t be giving them the chance to risk their lives in the first place.
People who are born into poor families can become wealthy, all I am saying is that it"s extremely difficult. They don"t have money to go to college so they can"t prepare for their future. Also, there is no point. This will only cause bad things to happen. Designer babies can lead to discrimination, a higher, elite race of people, and death. Many people only think about the good, but really is there any. Being pretty won"t really get you anywhere in life, so you aren"t creating a "brighter future" for your child.
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