There are a lot of people with chromosomal and genetical abnormalities. What about Autism, OSD HDD, ADD, ADHD, Narcolepsy, Epilepsy and borderline behavior disorders not to mention all those kids that have rare cancers and die before they turn 7 and I believe that genetical engineering can help cure those types of diseases.
If it is choosing the sperm and egg that show it can develop the most intelligence, I am in support of that. Though this might eventually come I am agaisnt choosing a babies hair color, eye color, etc.
However this also shows up a great chance to help ourselves.
We can stop genetic diseases, upgrade our immune system to wipe out disease.
The possibilities are nearly endless.
First we need to experiment on animals to make sure we don't hurt babies. We should also keep up the research so we can use gene therapy to change adults. And this should all be made as available to everyone as possible to prevent a giant gap between rich and poor.
"Disease" is socially relative. A world where everyone has an average IQ of what we now would call 200 would consider someone with a 100 IQ (100 IQ from our world's current perspective) mentally challenged. What ever improvements we know how to make and once we know that it will truly improve and not harm then we should start using the improvements.
Some may object that you need someone to be the janitors or fast food workers. Yes, but this way everyone is on an even playing field regarding ability and only effort will determine where you end up in society. Then only willfully lazy people (or people with odd preferences, or maybe you are working at McDonald's as part of a long-term ongoing comparative anthropological study of the working environment you decided to do just for fun because you're so smart) will be working the bad jobs.
Disease, physical deformities, crippling mental conditions... I can see the good this would do. If we could avoid all of those things, there would most likely be less abortions, less children in foster care, and just overall better results. The only con to it would be some scientist might take it too far... But that's hardly enough of a reason for me to say "no" to genetically engineered babies.
We should have genetic engineering in babies because it can help cure a lot of diseases that have to do with genes and chromosomes, such as preventing lung cancer and intellectual disabilities. I believe this is a good idea so that we can revolutionize the world and stop these diseases that are killing thousands each day.
The cons are way greater than the pros, yes it will help in curing and preventing some disorders but if it falls into the wrong hands ( and this always happens) it could be used to genetically modify babies for purposes like wars and other things, moreover, mutated individuals will have advantages over natural people.
Well i am sure that we cant change the course of science and whatever we argue here the scientists wont bother about it until its too late.
Engieneering babies would mean that thousands of people would have no choice in anything. They would be engineered to fit a certain job. In lots of countries, male are worth more than female, so there would be more males than females in the long run and it would be very hard for the human race to reproduce. Genetically engineering babies makes them less than human beings. They are more robot, or machine than human. You would be able to make it so they wouldn't make any mistakes, which isn't human.
Kreakon was right, people would be engineered and we don't really need more people. These people would be discriminated against because they weren't natural. These people wouldn't have any choices left at all. They may also have genetically engineered super intelect, so by "birth" they would have an advantage over everyone else. They may even be treated as second class citizens in some countries.
Of course, in the short run it seems appealing to have a baby made to order in terms of sex, eye color, abilities, etc. However, in the long run this is going to backfire on humanity itself. Those of us who do not live up to some ideal may find ourselves or our loves ones made redundant.
If someone is engineered, the little freedom not decided by genetics is forfeit. An engineered humans life would be determined, their very existence meaninless and surprieses in life nonexistent. It sould also create disparity between peoples. Do you want to be overthrown and cast as a weakling into a category of imperfect humans? Our imperfections should be glorified, they are what make us humans.
Ok, well but the point is we would eventually just engineer people for suitability to a specific purpose and role.
This would likely lead to every child being altered to fit a role & the future planned for them.
Soldiers with enhancements for strength & aggression, etc.
Scientists altered for intellect but ugly to keep there popularity down....Just kidding : p ?
I do know we could cure many diseases, but a lot of people could let the power of being able to alter these babies in what ever way go to their head, and there could be some dangers in the DNA that makes a situation worse. It is not humane to make a precious child something that is potentially unnatural, and maybe even harmful.