The Idea of Designer Babies


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Over the summer, I took an English class here at Penn State and I had to write about something to do with nature or natural being.  I chose to write about the idea of designer babies because it really interested me.  These babies are genetically engineered and conceived through in vitro fertilization.  Parents are being granted the opportunity to choose characteristics for their child of hair color, eye color, blood type, and gender.  As well as, one day their child could be engineered to be the top of the class, excel in sports, and whatever else is on the parents' wish list.  I would have to disagree with this issue because I do not believe in this ability to choose even if they think they are doing what is best for their child.  This could lead to discrimination and inequality with the gender choice because in certain countries they want more of a certain gender such as in China with boys.  Parents can try to shape their child in the way that pleases them, but in the end the child will overrule and become his or her own person. From all this research in the news, it seems that these babies have become so commercial that one day couples could be able to walk into one of these clinics and look through a brochure of what they want their child to look like.

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Why is our society so focused on this idea of perfection? Parents allow themselves to undergo this procedure to continue the movement of perfection that exists in our society without allowing their child to be accepted for how they are or will become.  How can parents claim to want what is best for their child when they won't let them have the choice to become who they want to be? Would it not make more sense if the parent was more concerned about if the child would be healthy rather than the change of eye color? Besides, no one in our world is perfect or ever will be because everyone is unique in their own way.  If everyone is made to be the same then there would be no diversity or originality in the world. Designer babies are in no way natural, and everyone needs to realize this because our society strives on this "perfect child."  A child should be one of a kind not one of the same.  They should be a fruitloop in a world of cheerios; not trying to fit the standards of society.      


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If everyone was a fruitloop in a world of cherrios wouldn't everyone be a fruitloop then? But that's besides the point. I agree with you. This topic kind of reminds me of parents who adopt. I've heard that the blond/blue eyed children go the fastest. This is a little different, because you are deciding the appearance of your own child before it's born and these potentially adopted children are already born, but still, the idea is similar. I understand how parents want the best for their children. They want them to be educated, to get good jobs, and not to be teased because of their appearance or because of perhaps having a visible disability. I don't think their intentions would be impure on having a beautiful, smart child. Life would be so much easier for that child. But to be quite honest, someone has to be the janitor, and someone has to work at mcdonalds. If everyone was a doctor and everyone looked like Adriana Lima, then who would do the jobs that are less desirable, and would we really appreciate it when a beautiful person walks by? I mean, a person could use the argument that choosing your own child's appearance and how smart they are is interfering with God's work. You can think of it from a religious perspective as well.

Also, what if a family found out they were having a boy and really wanted a girl, for instance. What if they decided to get an abortion and go the in vitro fertilization route so that they could have the girl they really wanted?

i think both of you raised good concerns. i like how you mentioned that their may be inequalities and how ths may lead to discrimination. However, it seems that you (tara) focused on virtually all superficial attributes and looks; eye color, hair color, apperance. However, this vitro fertilization has the ability to cure diseases and make people healthier and prone to less illness. I think this aspect of it is a great benefit, and good make a giant positive impact of society. Yes, while people obsess over pefection and superficial beauty, let us not forget how much better medical advances have made our lives.

i think both of you raised good concerns. i like how you mentioned that their may be inequalities and how ths may lead to discrimination. However, it seems that you (tara) focused on virtually all superficial attributes and looks; eye color, hair color, apperance. However, this vitro fertilization has the ability to cure diseases and make people healthier and prone to less illness. I think this aspect of it is a great benefit, and good make a giant positive impact of society. Yes, while people obsess over pefection and superficial beauty, let us not forget how much better medical advances have made our lives.

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