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Are Designer Babies a Coming Trend?

Scientists may be one step closer to creating designer babies, with the first genetically modified human embryo. Despite the scientists' assurances that the work was concentrated strictly on stem cell research, the fact that scientists have genetically altered a human embryo is alarming to many.

Concerned citizens worry that if scientists continue to develop that capability, they may be enticed to eventually insert desirable genes — such as intelligence or athleticism.

Do you think designer children will be popular? I can imagine a slippery slope situation, in which class divisions become more pronounced. Those with means do what they can to improve their children's abilities. For example, if the wealthy can afford a private tutor for their children, effectively making them more intelligent (or at least educated), couldn't it follow that some would opt to buy a "smart" gene when their child is just an embryo? Is there anything wrong with that?

If all babies eventually have the intelligence gene, will we have to redefine intelligence?


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