The Perfect Child: Genetic Engineering Essay

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could produce the perfect child?
You picked their eye color, hair color, body type, even intelligence level. Instead of waiting nine months to see what your child looks like; you will already know because you chose their outer appearance. Improvements in science, has given way to the idea of allowing people to choose their offspring’s physical attributes. This new concept is known as ‘designer babies.’ A designer baby according to the oxford dictionary is 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 (designer babies). Designer Babies are not
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To properly refute that, I would have to take from biochemist James Watson, who co-discovered the structure of DNA in 1953. “In all honesty, if scientists don't play God, who will?" He asked. He then went on to say "If we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn't we? Evolution can be just damn cruel, and to say that we've got a perfect genome and there's some sanctity? I'd like to know where that idea comes from, because it's utter silliness."(“Designer Babies': The Next Frontier?” par. 6) In other words, we do not know what the future holds, so we should do anything we could do to better prepare ourselves for it.
In the case of designer babies however, the good out-weighs the bad. To begin with, designer babies can be used to cure diseases. Designer babies are possible through a process called gene therapy. “Gene therapy will eventually allow researchers to cure people of a host of diseases such as cancer, AIDS and thousands of genetic disorders, helping people live longer and better lives”. Through gene therapy, viruses are disabled, the disease-causing genes are removed and replaced with normal DNA (“Update: Genetic Engineering” par. 21, 31). After altering the DNA of the designer baby, the virus which causes the deadly diseases is removed, so the designer baby does not grow with the virus inside of it. When the baby is born, its stem cells

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