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Designer Babies - Should parents be able to choose their children's sex, intelligence or looks?

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Designer Babies Should parents be able to choose their children's sex, intelligence or looks? It's easy to imagine the possibilities for making genetically modified people, using artificial chromosomes or some other technology. A double helping of genes that could create more intelligence or strength could be on the menu soon. That might seem scary to us. But will it seem scary to our children? The fact is designer babies are here brought to us by high technology. The question is not; "should we make designer babies" but "How far should we go?" There are different reasons why people want to have designer babies. Some would just like a perfect child who is intelligent and good-looking, but there are more tragic cases. A couple named Raj and Shahana Hashmi have a three-year-old son named Zain who has beta thalassaemia major, which creates potentially fatal levels of iron in his blood. ...read more.


and can keep up the family name. If we made designer babies available to everyone for any reason people in china would only want male babies and the female population in the country would be much lower than the males. The main reason people (especially religious people) don't want designer babies to be made legal is because its not what god intended. He intended natural births otherwise he would not of made us this way. It is not a natural thing to do and you should not play with nature. People also want to have designer babies if they have 'ugly' features, for example, a big nose. They may have been bullied because of this feature when they were younger and do not want their child to go through the same experience that they went through if they were to inherit this feature. ...read more.


There are so many different views on this topic so it is hard to decide what is the right thing to do. Personally, I believe that designer babies should be legal to produce for life saving situations but no more than that, as people will forget all about the natural way of having a baby and take designer babies for advantage. It is not right to choose the colour of your child's hair and eyes and how clever he or she will be. The child would no longer have a part of the parents inside it; it will not have its father's chin or its mother's eyes. It will just have an image, which people believe to be beautiful, and will no longer take after its parents. By Emma Wilson 10G Emma Wilson 10G ...read more.

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