Assignment 3 – technology in the modern world
From hair color to athletic ability, we'll soon be able to cherry-pick the looks and characteristics of four offspring. Perfecting the genes of unborn babies could be morally permissible in the future,
The topic of gene-modified babies throws up a thousand questions. Just how will a screaming toddler affect my carrier? Will squabbling over nappies and the downright inequality of breastfeeding signal the end of romance, forever? Will my finances take a dent from which they will never recover? Do I even really want one?
After all, according to statistics from various websites, only half of us Generation X will actually have a child. But once the answers to those big questions get resolved – or at least shelved – quieter anxieties emerge, which are less socially acceptable and definitely more superficial.
It’s not simply aesthetics we consider for our future child. There are those who can only imagine having a boy; those who hope their children inherit their partner’s skills for math; or pray it arrives without their raging temper.
These hopes and worries seem trivial compared to the physical health of your child, but it’s impossible to silence the inner voice wanting your child to be, what you consider as being “perfect”. Technology has made an enormous impact on the way new parents are giving birth to their children. Accounting to the older generation there is only one way of making a baby.
But In the last couple of years, people have come up with more than just one way of having babies, such as surrogates, C-sections, and even gene modifying their babies to make the perfect baby.
The discussion about the ethics of designer babies has been brought into sharp focus by the development of a technology these new genetic tools allow scientists to change the DNA, which is the blueprint of a human embryo when it consists of just one or a few cells.
Advances in gene editing mean that it is possible to contemplate a time when embryos can be modified so that genetic diseases, or even genetic predispositions to disease, are eliminated