Welcome to my final catalyst conference! I’m ecstatic that you landed on my page and want to learn more about the research, science, and effects of the possible phenomenon of designer babies. Please answer the all the quick survey questions to enhance you experience, compare thoughts to our GOA peers, and enjoy the educational journey this conference entails!
In 1997 director Andrew Nicole envisioned a world through his cinematic piece, Gattaca, where people with enhanced genetics received superior jobs, wealth, homes, and opportunities.
Nicole’s futuristic movie contrasting the frustration between those who are not genetically enhanced and those who have the privileges of being so, is no in the unforeseeable future. Instead with CRISPR CAS-9 technology, the specific, efficient, and least expensive way to edit human DNA, Nicole’s plot could soon become a reality.
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What is CRISPR CAS-9 Technology?
CRISPR–Cas9 is a unique technology that enables geneticists and medical researchers to edit parts of the genome by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA sequence. It is currently the simplest, most versatile, precise, and cheapest method of genetic manipulation and is therefore causing a buzz in the science world.
The idea of geneticists being able to complete this process seems mind blowing and quite confusing. For a more in depth version of how CRISPR CAS-9 works, I have included an image and video (0:00-2:20) for a more visual experience.
With CRISPR CAS-9, genome editing has the potential to cure diseases by disrupting internal disease-causing genes, correcting disease causing mutations or inserting new genes with protective functions. The technique can be used in biomedicine to develop tissue-based treatments for cancer and other diseases. The technique has also shown that can correct the mutation causing cystic fibrosis in intestinal stem cells derived from patients. However, what happens if people take advantage of the ability of genome editing…..
What is a designer baby?
A designer baby is a baby that is enhanced through a genetic screening or genetic modification process. In some cases, the embryo is first screened before it is implanted in the body, or other gene therapy techniques help create the desired type of characteristics in the baby. While CSPSR CAS-9 has solely focused on hopefully solving genetic diseases, the future of designer babies is possible
I would like you all to share your ideas on my Padlet of some possible traits either you or others would be interested in changing in one’s child. Feel free to think of ideas from diseases, physical features, traits, etc. Also, comment on other’s ideas, thumbs it up if you agree, and spread the positive energy! I went ahead and started the brain storming process 😉
Beneficial and Harmful Effects of Designer Babies
Focusing on Marked Gap in Society
It is true that when you create a designer baby, your baby will have marked differences as compared to those babies who are born in an absolute natural disposition which can create a large gap in society similar to the fantasies created in Gattaca. If a large number of parents decide to opt for the medical technology to create a designer babies the world will divide into a classes of genetically modified babies and natural babies. As a result, those “designer babies” might feel superior, be offered better jobs, better insurance rates, and more opportunities to generate wealth.
The Ethical Issues
This semester the Bioethics global online academy course has judged, approved, or dismissed new medical advancements based on the four main principles of bioethics.
I have included a short video that briefly touches over what these four principles mean.
*While five principles are mentioned in this video, it’s important to note that the four (beneficence, maleficence, justices and autonomy) will always be given priority in research*
Justice and Autonomy
I believe that the practice of generating of designer babies violates the principles of justice and autonomy. If the principle of justice is achieved than each participant should be treated with an emphasis on equality. This means that genetically modifying babies should produce equal results and hope to create more equality in the world; however I think that creating a new class of humans will cause more economic and social division. I also believe this medical practice would violate the principle of autonomy because ultimately the parents would change the life and mind of a living human being without taking the person’s permission or choice in regard. In this case, you will alter your baby’s mental, emotional and physical makeup for life, without your baby having any say in whether or not it is something your baby wanted or not.
What do you think?
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