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Designer Babies

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Julia Pizzuti

on 22 May 2010

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DESIGNER BABIES Take genetics into your own hands Science Science Fiction or Fact? Mutations Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis Gene Therapy These are errors of the DNA, occuring in different ways, such as point mutation and deletion, and alters gene expression. During In-vitro fertilization, the embryo is analyzed before being injected back into the uterus. During this time the embryo can be screened for genetic traits. A modified virus or bacteria containing a desired gene that will interact with the target DNA and replace the old gene with it's new one. Ethics DISEASE ELIMINATION
vs
AESTHETIC ENHANCEMENTS Could end up killing embryos

Humans should not 'Play God'

Gives some children unfair advantage IMPACT ON SOCIETY Eugenics The study and practice of selective breeding applied to humans, with the aim of improving the species. In a historical and broader sense, eugenics can also be a study of "improving human genetic qualities." superior race? BROADENED GAP BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE POOR Elimination of Certain conditions Imbalance of Characteristics Such as diseases like Down Syndrome More boys than girls?
Blonde hair over brown hair?
Dark skin over light skin? Questions?
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