WHAT ARE THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH GENETICALLY MODIFIED CHILDREN?
By Elise Boden
The 21st century is the era of the DNA. The century before, was the era of computers, which brought about remarkable technological advancements to society and these have also contributed to the current genetic revolution, which promises to do for life what computers did for information. This increasing power and accessibility may one day give parents the option of genetically engineering the "designer baby". This may be used to spare the unborn from disease or, possibly, make them tall, intelligent and blessed with any desirable traits. Genetic engineering has given humans the power to alter the very basis of life on earth which will forever change life as we know it. This essay will explain the various views on genetic engineering but will primarily concentrate on "the ethics of genetically engineering the designer baby".
Genetic engineering is described as the use of various methods to intentionally manipulate DNA, to produce biological products or to change hereditary traits.
It has many uses that include repairing a genetic defect, picking a select group of genes to achieve a specific outcome - in the case of designer babies, curing diseases by altering the gene, and testing for inherited diseases.
Genetic engineering would allow humans to consciously choose a better life for our offspring and the widespread use could potentially create an improved version of humanity. Just think; genetic engineering to reduce disease, increase intellect, reduce obesity, increase athleticism, reduce mental disorders and, increase life span. Perhaps even one day genetic engineering in combination with bio-mechanical augmentation, may allow humans to adapt to harsher atmospheric conditions brought about by increased industrialisation. This might be the only way for humanity to keep up to date with the staggering pace of technological advancement.