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Desiner Babies

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Started: 3/6/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Eiley

Pro

Designer Babies

Do you think that changing the way someone looks or how smart they are or how good of an athlete is would be something good for the world? I think that it is. They are called designer babies. Designer babies are babies that when they are still an egg, are changed in some way so that they have different characteristics. Designer babies are a very controversial issue. Some people think that it is wrong to change something about someone that is unnatural. But designer babies could save people. They could be the difference between life and death. Preimplantation genetic testing is a testing used to figure of if there is a defect with the baby when still in embryo. Designer babies are a very controversial topic. Some people think that it is wrong to change something about someone that is "unnatural". They think that it would lead to a superior race of people. With designer babies, you could make it so that the kid would be taller or prettier than the natural human, therefore creating something unnatural and superior than others. Designer babies also cost a lot of money, so only rich people would be able to have designer babies. But, I believe that designer babies would be something good for people. Designer babies could save lots of people and in many different ways. One way that designer babies could save people is if there is a genetic disease that gets passed down from generation to generation, you could stop that from happening with designer babies. According to Issues and Controversies, you could prevent the disease from being passed down into further generation, and therefore, no one else in that family would get that disease. Another way that they can save people is if someone in the family is sick, you could have a baby that has the type of blood or a good heart or organ to give to the sick and dying person.
qcschraff

Con

What would the world be like if people could design and customize their children? Many people believe that there would be an elite race. Only the wealthy would be genetically perfect. People could pick their traits, creating smarter, prettier, healthier, more athletic people. But what about the lower class? They would now be considered inferior in pretty much every way. Adolf Hitler wanted to create a superior race. He wanted to eliminate pretty much everyone who didn"t have blond hair and blue eyes, he wanted to get rid of people of certain religions, races, or anyone who was handicapped. Even though this is an extreme situation, it is possible. With only the wealthy being able to create perfect children there would definitely be a superior race being created.

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.
Debate Round No. 1
Eiley

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