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Human Enhancement ("designer" babies)

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Started: 4/11/2014 Category: Science
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brookie0617

Pro

Human enhancement refers to any attempt to temporally or permanently overcome the current limitations of the human body through natural or artificial. People have a chose of whether or not they want to do that with their bodies. Basically, if the want to change how they look or how they are inside, then I say let let them. Human enhancement is no only for one's characteristics, but it can be used to save someone's life. Those inherited diseases affect children even before they are born, and if you are a normal person and have normal feelings then you want your child to live a nice, happy life.
katiedoerfler

Con

yes, human enhancement is capable of treating disease. Is it always affective? According to ASRM, only 24% of the time is this successful;. we are here to gather the facts, not your opinion. yes it is their body, yes they should have the right to choose. But no woman should have the right to selective abortion. With human enhancement, 10-24 embryos are taken from the owner and experimented on. Only one is selected to be implanted, and the others are immediately discarded. Thats a range of 9- 23 abortions, all for one "perfect" baby. Regent academy, has also proven this procedure to not be 100% safe, for the embryo or the mother. Let me ask you this, is a "perfect" baby really worth the risk of infertility, death, and the guilt of selective abortion?
Debate Round No. 1
brookie0617

Pro

Human enhancement projects help thousands, if not millions of people to live better. A really good example could include burned victims. Burned victims are pointed at by little children and are embarrassed every time they leave the house. Imagine how that would feel, to be asked by a child, "what's wrong with you?" Well Human enhancement projects are able to help those specific individuals get passed the embarrassment. Skin can be generated to help burned victims. There are other ways for a human enhancement projects can help others. Artificial organs are increasingly becoming a reality. Synthetic eye is already in use for people who had previously been blind. Of course I get the reasoning of not doing human enhancement projects, but those experiments are a choice. It's not like people are forced to make sure that their baby is born healthy, with no genetic diseases of other possible diseases that can be inherited. They just want what is best for their children.
katiedoerfler

Con

Human enhancement is not the only option for victims of horrible accidents. stem cells can be cultured and aid victims as well. Enhanced babies/humans are only going to widen the gap between socioeconomic classes further. by creating more athletic, intelligent, musically inclined children, the unenhanced children are put at a disadvantage. The best of the best are selected for titles, scholarships, and many other advantages that are now,thanks to designer babies, unavailable to the others
. From the beginning of time, humans have to be equal to one another. By creating an enhanced species of humans, we are taking a step backward from this goal.
Debate Round No. 2
brookie0617

Pro

Human enhancement is already being used by simple every day drugs that either help people sleep more, keep them more energized or for something else. It's not like people are being forced to genetically enhance their children. In my opinion, I would want to do anything in my power to make sure that I have perfectly healthy children. If people have children that are already healthy, athletic and has no problems, then so be it. Designer babies, according to my research are the next best thing. They have major benefits to them, including increasing the human life by over thirty years, preventing genetic diseases, allowing a healthy life, eliminating mitochondrial disorders, creating a quick adaptation to any environment, giving the child genes that the parent does not carry, granting scientists a better understanding of genetics, and reducing the risk of inherited medical conditions, according to designerbabiesethics.wordpress.com. With traditional ends of medicine, the primary intention is the use of biotechnology is to treat physical or mental health. It is the exact same thing as designer babies.
katiedoerfler

Con

Enhancements such as sleeping pills, yes they are ysed every single day, but not without extreme side affects. Anti depressants for example, are they an enhancement? Yes, do they help people, absolutley. Do they have side affects like any othrr drug? Of course. ASRM concludes that duting experimentation, trying to get the desired genes, 1 in 3 embryos are accidentally terminated. If the mistake is not caught, te damged embryo is still implanted into the mother and an unhealthy, terminally ill baby is born. Only 24% of these procedures are successful with disired results, which leav 76% of mistakes and unsuccessful results. Is this 24% chance of a healthy baby worth the rish compared to higher chances of success with natural conception?
Debate Round No. 3
brookie0617

Pro

Human enhancement projects are life-changing. Usually the baby is already unhealthy before they are even born, but these projects can change that. Who's to say that the child will not die soon after he or she is born. It is better to be able to do something about it, that slight risk could help that child or save the child from all the suffering that the disease could lead to in the future. I understand that sometimes the desired results may not happen, but sometimes it can. The parents who do this to their child, they know the risks. They know what they are asking for. They just have to have a little faith. the mistake that may be in the embryo is sometimes not caught, yes, but according to Hughes, using reproductive technologies " in this case, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), in which doctors screen embryos before implanting them " for cosmetic purposes is just an old-fashioned parental impulse, translated into 21st century technology. Basically, is the mistake is not caught in the embryo then the least they can do is screen it just to double check. The patient at the end or the day is satisfied and the child can be born as healthy as others, or even healthier.
katiedoerfler

Con

Hitler, slave owners, and others have all experimented with human enhancement, minus the tehnology we use today. In the Holocost, tall, blue eyed, blonde haired people (jew or germanic) were kept alie because they were viewed as perfect, other jews, were killed. The best, hard working slaves were breeded, well fed and prioritized above other less inclined slaves. The baby with the desure traits(beauty, intelligence, athleticism) are kept and implanted into the mother; is this any different then what slave owners or Adolf Hitler did? Because it is done with technology, is it any less wrong?
Debate Round No. 4
brookie0617

Pro

Hitler did someone of his own doing. He did not have the technologies that we have today. he made the operation absolutely uncomfortable for the mother and usually the mother had no choice. This is the 21st century and people have the choice of whether or not to get the operation done. According to foresight.org, nanotechnology will allow people to analyze and repair any physical alignment of the body. This will repair someone who is damaged or diseased back to full health. An aged and bodied brain will be at a youthful state. This human enhancement repair line will result in the end of pain, disease, and aging. It will also grant children and unable people to start making decisions for themselves, so that they do not have to rely on others so much. In the end, we cannot say for a fact that human enhancement projects will succeed, but a mother can have a higher chance of giving birth to a very healthy baby boy or girl. The odds are on the positive side, usually.
katiedoerfler

Con

Hitler never made the mother uncomfortable, because blue eyed toe heads often survived and unidnetical family did not. I understand that enhancments can improve lives, but at the cost of what? Designer babies are often created(regent) as matches for sick family members. As seen in "my sisters keeper" the child is emotionally blackmailed into giving organs, blood, transfusions, etc... To the dying family member. This takes an emotional toll on the child, and eventually they break. I adk you and parents considering this operation to weigh the risks, te pros and cons, and look deeper into this. Do you really want to go througj with more advanced enhancing than Hitler? Do you want your child to be a natural product of steroids? Have an unfair advantage? Widen the social gap that is already to far as it is? I ask you to look imto the future and safety of your future children. Natural conception has many more pros than designer/ enhanced.
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