Should designer babies be a choice in the future?
We want to give our children the best possible chance in life, don't we? That starts by giving them the best possible genes. If we can make our kids super athletic or intelligent, or capable of regenerating limbs and resisting HIV infections, then we should do so.
There's only one limit I'd place on this: you must be changing them because you love them, not changing them so you'll love them.
By having designer babies, people are able to eliminate many risks accompanied by childbirth, including ALL of the genetically transferred diseases. Along with humans that are more able-bodied and less susceptible to disease, it is required that people take this form some time in the future. Like it or not, it's gonna happen somewhere, and science does know enough.
The question does say "in the future" so yes, once we are sure this can be done safely it should be allowed.
The person in column "no" must have either not read the "in the future" part of the question or has a very pessimistic outlook on the future of human scientific discovery such that they expect that "Science does not know enough" is going to remain a true statement throughout the entirety of the future.
If I could prevent certain diseases and make sure my child was safe and healthy of course I would. Improving their strength and appearance is only a plus. I only want the best for my child, and engineering would give it the best. When I buy a car, I want it to be engineered to be the best and safest, why not people?
it is like playing good and mother nature kids should come naturally not by sience. babies are not assesories that you can choose from babies should be the way they are and no different.also if you do designe you babies there can be long term effects with there health status.like for example sometimes they can end up in wheel chairs
Designer babies and the tampering with human D.N.A to try to achieve a superior human is a very dangerous thing. Science does not know enough about the reaction of tampering with D.N.A. and could very well accidentally create a species unlike anything they could have formulated or anticipated. The chances are too great, and this type of thinking should be kept under restricted laws preventing anyone from using human experiments of this kind.
Human life should not be tampered with. Even if we did start engineering people to be "better" wouldn't everyone be "better" so no one would be better looking or stronger etc...or we would end up having a caste system. Brave New World anyone? Plus we already save too many people with the discovery of medicine and cures. Let nature take its course the world is already overpopulated.
if it's used to increase intelligence or strength, how would that affect the world? Yes, I believe getting rid of defects from a genetic code is a great thing. If that technology was here today, I could have had a younger brother. However, who would have the option to do so? The poor? The rich? I would hate to have my son/daughter grow up in a world where everyone else in their class was superior to them in every way, just because I couldn't afford the extra add-ons. Or how about when she tries to make friends? The disconnect between people because they are different is enough, why add one more?