Some people aren't capable of having babies because they will have a disease and die when they are born or when they are extremely young. Ways used to change the hereditary makeup of the egg allow these people to have babies. If you want your child to live long wouldn't you want this? Some designer babies can be used as a sort of spare part baby. Children with serious blood diseases can then have a tailor made brother or sister act as a donor for blood or bone marrow.
I think that humans have evolved up to this point. With our minds we have created and mastered many great feats including basic space flight. Now we are reaching a point where we can take control of our own evolution. So why shouldn't we?
Evolution as we know it preformed in nature basically runs on a system of trial and error that takes a very long time. Why not speed it up and cut out the mistakes and manage it accordingly.
If you do think that is strange consider all of the upgrades we have given the human body. GPS maps so you dont get lost and know where you are. Your mobile phone so you can contact and talk to anyone. Even your calendar on your smart phone that reminds you it's Mom's Birthday is an upgrade of sorts. Mother nature didn't give you that. Science gave it to you as an improvement.
So if it could be done safely, without causing evil mutants with dreams of world domination, why should we not upgrade genetically? Its science. We are machines. We should seize control of our own destinies.
Opponents of this procedure are under the impression that this would be done out of vanity. Any parent wants the best for their children. If you are in the position to spare a new life from inheriting you're own defects, it would be immoral to simply spin the genetic lottery and hope for the best. Natural conception does not care about the well-being of the child that might be born, parents do.
Imagine if the genes of the next generation could be chosen. We would have many more intelligent, rational, and logical children. This may help stop conflict caused by people with inferior genes. I believe if this were to happen, there would be different ideal genes for different people. Peasants and the working class should be more apt to be hard working followers. The higher class such as government officials and businessman would have genes that make them better leaders. This would advance our progress as humans. There would still be some problems such as those with bad parents may not turn out perfectly, but better genetics would always be a good thing.
Designer Babies is just a slang word for genetic engineering... Most of the babies' genes are genetically altered because they will die without the altering. The altering is meant to kill certain heritable diseases. The only real risk s mitochondrial disease at this point and how they're solving this is by creating a mitochondria transplant.. This may even be into a vaccine very soon.
We could have healthy babies free from any diseases and also parents have the right to choose what their child should and should not have . It will be a better place if we have healthier babies and stronger babies. That will be a great genetic evolution . Healthy babies healthy world.
We stand the chance of advancing humanity, of discovering new potentials and greatness. Of course we should do this. To those afraid of losing genetic diversity, you are just noticing the dull, boorish conformity of our era. But people use technologies however they want. One parent wants the standard number of fingers, another thinks 12 is prettier (And as extra digits don't cause any objective harm to physical function should be allowed). This could lead to cultural trends leading to a humanity looking altogether different from now, having traits that are even impossible without engineering and having wide diversity. Adult gene therapy will follow soon and then anyone who wants will be able to go to the genetics consultant to get wings, flippers, gills, or what ever you want installed. That's the ultimate in freedom to be able to determine one's body and the future of one's body.
Wouldn't it be amazing if you could chose what you wanted for you babies? Can you not have babies? Designer Babies are a way for people to choose what they want. What is so difficult to understand about it? It gives parents the option of modifying their unborn children, in order to spare offspring from disease or, conceivably, make them tall, well-muscled, intelligent or otherwise blessed with desirable traits.
Mankind has become stagnant in it's decadent modernity. IQ studies conducted since the 70's show a genotypic decline in IQ to the tune of 1-2 points per generation. (see: http://www.Iapsych.Com/iqmr/fe/LinkedDocuments/lynn2008.Pdf) However, the increasing power and accessibility of genetic technology may one day give mankind the option of modifying unborn children, in order to spare offspring from disease or, conceivably, make them tall, well muscled, intelligent or otherwise blessed with desirable traits. This change will mean an eventual speciation event which will begin the next stage in human evolution.
You are not altering the DNA itself in most cases, you are merely selecting that which will not have a detrimental affect upon your child's health. The argument that these children will be superior than others is ludicrous. There are already people in the world who are superior in certain aspects. It is the reason that some people are models and others have the capabilities to be neuro-scientists. Also, selecting a child for its superior intelligence could only benefit society, who doesn't want the cure for cancer and HIV/Aids or an end to the trouble in the Middle-East?
The myriad ludicrous positions put forth by the "yes" group who have no idea what "evolution" means yet use "it" as a basis for "taking control of our own evolution and future". Evolution happens for a REASON. Imagine if we had created a way to kill all COCKROACHES via pesticide 50 years ago. That would have been 30 years BEFORE we learned that cockroaches are an invaluable link in the nitrogen cycle, we might all be dead....
It isn't natural to mess with nature and what if the parent doesn't like how the child came out and end up neglecting the child and discarding it just because it isn't "perfect"? There are reasons as to why nobody's perfect and this program is going to mess with that.
Even if designer babies did not go against human morality, allowing designer babies would lead to a sort-of extinction of all diversity on earth. One reason we are thrilled about going to other countries to receive further education is partially because we are excited at the prospect of meeting new people there - imagine if everyone looked like their culture's deemed ideal of beauty! I imagine that the designer babies would have massive issues with their existence and identity, as well. They would all be like Second Life avatars, appearance having been tweaked accordingly to their parents' wishes. How terrible!
If you are so superficial to need your baby to look or behave a certain way, you don't deserve a child. Babies are not designer clothes or jewelry that eventually go out of style. You are bringing a living, breathing human being into the world and need to care for that child no matter how it comes out or develops.
Babies aren't bags, they should be specially designed, they are not for show. If you're a possible parent and you want a designer baby you should not be a parent. If you aren't willing to just take the baby as is and instead have to make sure it is perfect to your standards before it is even conceived you have more growing up to do before you are ready to become a parent. We try to teach kids that you have to accept yourself the way your are and you were born that way for a reason. That reason should not be because your parents designed you that way! I would be embarrassed to be a designer baby or even to consider the fact of them being a possibility.
Human genetic engineering is a relatively new and untested science. It walks a very fine line to cloning, and it just shouldn't be done. Scientists are working on new ethical standards when it comes to this issue, but those standards need to evolve at the same pace as scientific discovery.
You people are crazy, if we went throught with this, the world would be chaotic. People would look like Yoda, Anime people and aliens, Even Transformers! I know that people wouldnt have dieases, but i mean, come on! If the kid asks you where he came from, would you say he was manafactured an a research lab/hospital? I wouldnt, think about it, would you hate your child if he/she didnt have blonde hair and amber eyes? Thats outragous. Get some sense. I would still love my son/daughter even if the didnt have the correct hair or eyes.
Do we not tell children these days that nobody is perfect? That it doesn't matter if you aren't good at this because you might be good at that? If we create the perfect babies (which might not even work) where is our individuality? And if this becomes a paying system then what about the poor people? They will become even poorer than they already are because they will have to pay higher insurance fees, they will have to study harder to apply for a job they might not get, they will be declined from any sort of picking system simply because you aren't "genetically good enough". And please, stop talking about a superhuman race. You're sounding like Hitler.
I agree with the others who have said no designer babies aren't natural and shouldn't happen. If aren't happy with what you are going to get than you shouldn't have a baby simple as that. Nature is nature like it or not we shouldn't be meddling with nature we should just be happy with what we get
Not only can it be dangerous and messing with the human gene pool but who wants a perfect child anyway? Human diversity should be cherished and not altered in a lab. It will degrade human worth and make naturally made people feel lesser and make life harder for them. It would create a dystopia of perfection