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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/10/2011 Category: Technology
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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mattpaul1

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Is it ethical to create a designer baby?

A designer baby is a baby that is created by genetic engineering
· Embryo can be scanned for harmful diseases before being transferred into the mother’s womb
· A designer baby can be the cure of a love ones illness. (Adam Nash case)
· Ability to choose your babies traits
· Prevent transfer of disease
SamanthaRr1

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Is it ethical to create a designer baby?
Designer baby: a baby created by using genetic engineering to select specific desired traits

- Biodiversity will be greatly reduced
-Mutations to the genes can cause new viruses and diseases
-Those who can afford designing will have an unfair advantage over those who cannot
-Desinging babies will promote genetic discrimination
Debate Round No. 1
mattpaul1

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1. Biodiversity will be reduced which will create less fighting and problems in the world, one can argue that less diversity would solve alot of the world's problems

2. Before altetring the genes they make sure that there are no mutations to them so that new viruses and diseases are not created

3. Getting a desinger baby is not as expensive as you may think. $19,000 is a decent amount of money but it is the same price as a car and there is no disadvantage to not having a desinger baby for people who can't afford it.

4. Desinger babies will not be an increasing factor in genetic discrimination. That exists without there being desinger babies therefore desinger babies do not affect genetic discrimination
SamanthaRr1

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1. Humans will lose their individuality with decreased biodiversity and people being so similar. Unique qualities of a person will soon be gone, as the same, popular and desired genetic traits are chosen for children.



2. If viruses and diseases are eliminated, overpopulation will soon occur. The death rate will be much lower if humans are created without any defects and in very good health.




3. $19,000 is a lot of money to choose a baby's traits, when simply conceiving a child naturally is free. You say it is the same price as a car, but many people spend years paying off their car. The babies will be genetically altered to be smarter and have more abilities which will widen the gap between people who can afford it and those who can't.




4. Discrimination is an issue that the world needs to work on, not introduce more factors, such as designer babies, to contribute to the problem. Many cultures favor having a male over a female child. Eventually, there would be a large imbalance between male and female and women will be discriminated against. Kids who are not genetically altered will become outcasts.


Debate Round No. 2
mattpaul1

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