Designer Babies

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Whether it is employed in modifying food products or breeding animals, the topic of genetic engineering is likely to raise the hackles of most people. When it is discussed in regards to humans, I would bet that even more people are against it or fear it. I have reservations about it not from a moral perspective, but from a human diversity and survival perspective. If we as a species have survived millions of years of evolution through mostly “natural” means, are we going to increase our survival chances by mucking around with something of which we know relatively little? Recently, the mapping of the human genome sequence has been completed (depending on who you ask), but do we really know enough about the long term effects of modifying genetic codes?

“The Fertility Institutes are now offering their clients the ability to select certain traits, like hair and eye color, of the eggs they implant.”

Steven Novella has written an intriguing article on the matter that has spawned some good discussion on his blog. Perhaps it will also generate some thought provoking discussion here.

Designer Babies

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