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Genetically Engineered Babies

A Real Life "My Sister's Keeper" Situation in Britain

Just like the story line behind last Summer's tearjerker, My Sister's Keeper, a BBC documentary that aired last night is raising ethical questions across the UK as it follows two families' attempts to conceive "savior children" to provide their current kids with bone marrow transplants.

The children suffer from Fanconi anemia, a rare genetic disease that prevents the body from producing blood, and their families have brought religious, medical, and economic issues to the table as they seek out help to create siblings that will provide the necessary bone marrow to save their older kids. To conceive children that will serve that purpose, they must screen, and then implant embryos that meet the genetic requirements. One couple has privately funded their four failed IVF attempts and is embarking on a fifth. The other, who have already lost one child to the disease, have successfully fought the nation's National Health Service to obtain government funding for one of their attempts at a successful embryo transfer.

Do you think the government should help families genetically engineer babies if they help save the life of another being?


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
"Do you think the government should help families genetically engineer babies if they help save the life of another being?" No. If you want to fund it yourself, go ahead, keep the government out of it.
Hello890 Hello890 6 years
I need to learn to read better. I take what I said back; no, the government should not fund this.
Hello890 Hello890 6 years
I have no idea how I feel about this.
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
No Every parent has the right to do everything possible to try and save their child but the government should not fund this.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i also agree it's not the governments place to fund it, but i can't judge the decision
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
This is nothing new. There was a TV movie about a "savior child" based on a true story from when I was in middle school that I still remember. Families have been doing this for years and years, it is such a personal decision and experience I do not think I could judge. Since it has been around for so long I am not surprised families are now seeking govt funding, however it is a hard choice to have a baby for this reason and I don't really think it should be up to the govt to help pay for it.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
No.. I can't say I would do it or that I agree with it. I think testing already existing family members is one thing, creating a new life with the sole purpose to be spare parts, I can't really fathom that.
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