What Causes Designer Babies

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The term "designer babies" was added to the Oxford dictionary in 2004 where it is defined as "a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering, combined with in vitro fertilization to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics". In vitro fertilization or IVF allows doctors to fertilize the mother's eggs with sperm in test tubes. This also allows doctors to screen the embryos and eliminate any genes associated with terminal illnesses or genetic defects. Genetic screening also decreases a baby's chances of receiving serious diseases such as Down Syndrome, Familial Hypercholesterolemia and rare blood disorders. In some cases designing babies can help save lives. Recent studies suggest most people support the concept of building a better baby when it comes to eliminating serious diseases. Scientists genetically chose Adam Nash's embryo so he would have the right cells to save his…show more content…
Many people believe creating designer babies is along the same lines. The initiation of designer babies will affect biodiversity. Genetic engineering will also have a negative impact on society. It will result in an increase of unreasonable fear or hatred towards anyone who appears different. People with genetic defects are already treated differently and out cast from society. The designer baby concept will lead to discrimination on many different accounts. Children of rich families will receive genetic enhancement, leading to genetic nobility. Families who can't afford genetic engineering will be looked down upon, therefore creating a larger split in society. Many parts of the world are still male dominated and gender determination of babies can lead to gender discrimination across the world. Designer babies were created so parents could have their perfect child, but their impact on society could set the human race back hundreds of

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