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A Future of Inequality

At first, it was just an opportunity for parents to select the hair and eye color of their baby. Now, genetically modifying embryos looks to be the way of the future. Genetically modifying embryos to create your designer baby is an expensive and slippery slope though. As people strive for perfection they can become blind to the consequences that may arise in spite of designer babies. Continue reading

Designer Babies: Do the Positives Outweigh the Negatives?

The constant strive for perfection is an everlasting struggle for our human race. The most important part in improvement and for the future of the human race, is our offspring. Designer babies is not a completely new idea, though it is an idea that has come closer to reality for our society. It is through the use of Crispr genes that allow for the creation of these ‘designer babies’.  New England Biolabs tells us the use of these Crispr genes are “essential in adaptive immunity in select bacteria and archaea, enabling the organisms to respond to and eliminate invading genetic material” (New England Biolabs). Essentially we are putting in genes to correct all the inferior material, therefore designing the baby. The use of crispr genes has already been put to use, as Kathy Niakan from the Francis Crick Institute has been granted allowance to use crispr genes by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (The Guardian). Niakan’s hopes are to pick out any issues earlier in the pregnancy process. As we can see, the path ahead for the correction of embryos, although optimistic, looks somewhat successful. Continue reading

An Imperfect Utopia

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, set in England, describes a “perfect” world created by a Director at the Central London Hatching and Conditioning Centre. At the center children are created from modified embryos and are geared towards certain disposition. While this idea of creating children in bottles and forcing upon them various dispositions and morals may seem far fetched, the practice is not that foreign to current day science. However, the desire to artificially create life shows humans need to claim control over a process in which they once had no control over.

 

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