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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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janneth janneth 9 years
If everyone is smart, no one is smart.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
:MOB:
imdaman imdaman 9 years
This is like an instant ticket to hell. Designing a baby juss seems wrong on so many levels. It's not couture it's a life. And it shouldn't be something that we play with and manipulate.......That's what you do after you have them.
moxierain moxierain 9 years
Yeah that's what the movie Gattaca was about. I think if people want designer babies then that's their business, but I do think class divisions will be more evident than ever. Its a complex issue. I don't ever want kids because I am not the type to be a mom, but if I ever change my mind then I would want the best baby, the most healthy, the most smart, etc. I would want for my kid to succeed in the world in every way.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I want to design baby that spits fire and can do karate. Oh, and it has like that Darth Maul sort of face. That would be so cool. Can I get something like that? Without a woman? Because ... uhm ... I'm still sort of at my parents house.
syako syako 9 years
that's not cheating!! (add sugar loving links to, it's 5 points each!)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I'm trying...I did "cheat" and do some guess who's earlier today.
syako syako 9 years
I saw that lil, very clever. You'll be diamond status in no time!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I just used :alice: because it never gets used. I wanted it to have its chance.
syako syako 9 years
it is kinda fun to just intersperse with random emoticons. how about angelina? :prego:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Yes, they are all on the Global Warming thread, along with many, many crazies...I wouldn't go over there if I were you. :scared: :cry:
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
sy- those beeches! :) lil - ah, I was wondering where everyone was. I thought they might be on the Angelina thread or something...
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
lil kim its not worth it! just sit back, relax, and watch it unfold!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I am scared of the global warming thread. I tried to keep up, but I just can't.
syako syako 9 years
j2 it must be because of spammers... :oy:
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
aha! I was right. It was the name of the drug beginning with a V. How odd.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Ok wow it happened a third time. I am trying to figure out what word it is. I have an idea so I'll be discreet this time. A "CERTAIN" erectile dysfunction drug was initially created to treat heart disease but after they realized how much money they would make marketing it towards impotent men, they decided to change direction.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
Pop- you beat me to mentioning Gattaca! The thing is, it's not as easy to manipulate genes as people think because each gene is responsible for more than one trait and some work in combination. Even changing simple things could have unforeseen side effects. By changing intelligence, for example, frequency of genetic diseases could be affected. Getting braces or laser eye surgery is one thing, but when we start messing with genes, we could be introducing genetic mistakes into the population that could be passed on.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Boo. Fine, I will just write it again b/c I dont feel like waiting. I was saying re: nev that a graduate friend of mine working in biochemical engineering told me that Viagra was initially created to treat heart diseases and the such... But that after they realized how much more money they would get from marketing it towards erectile dysfunction, they decided to change direction. Ah, priorities.
syako syako 9 years
it'll come up later, sometimes much later. :oy:
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Ok my 2nd comment was flagged. Does that mean it will be posted later or do I have to write it again?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
:rotfl: nev!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Oh yeah. This sounds like a great idea :OY:
nevpat nevpat 9 years
A perfect sign of a society in peril! We can make our boobs and penises bigger and stop balding but we can't find a cure for cancer!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I'm for team purple. I kind of want to comment on everything using only emoticons. LOL
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