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What do you think of 'designer babies'?

It's wrong
14
47%
It's fine
0
No votes
It's only acceptable for medical reasons
16
53%
 
Total votes : 30

Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:39 pm

I agree with 'designer babies' for CERTAIN medical reasons. If your child is going to be born with a killer condition that means it will only survive one month, by all means cure the child before it enters the world. It's no different to curing the child after birth. But if your child is going to be born with dyslexia, or even blindness - no way. You can't die from dyslexia. You can't die from blindness. The world needs people with different perceptions and it would be morally wrong to try and give everyone a 'perfect' body. I know a girl who was inspired to become a black belt in karate precisely because she's blind and was determined to see what she could do with her other senses. She is as offended by pity as I am. If it's a question of life or death, genetically modify the baby. If it's a question - a frightening question - of life as you (the parent) know it or a radically different life, ride with the second.

Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:56 pm

Yes. Only for medical reasons, though. Nature's way always seems to be better than the meddling human way...

Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:56 pm

parnassus wrote:I agree with 'designer babies' for CERTAIN medical reasons. If your child is going to be born with a killer condition that means it will only survive one month, by all means cure the child before it enters the world. It's no different to curing the child after birth. But if your child is going to be born with dyslexia, or even blindness - no way. You can't die from dyslexia. You can't die from blindness.


If the child won't live long without being cured, o.k, It's alright. I agree with Vicky.

Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:06 pm

Doesn't everyone? :wink:

Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:00 pm

Sadly not. If they did, my university tutorials would be the proverbial piece of cake.

Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:59 pm

This is surprising. Oh well...
I have no persuasion power whatsoever.

Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:07 pm

Vicky- I thot your tutoaials would be a peice of cake anyway, with that brain of yours?! :wink:

Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:16 pm

Unfortunately, my professors have bigger ones than I do!

Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:23 pm

I'm in shock!

Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:34 pm

Well, this is Cambridge. I would be shocked if they didn't.

Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:35 pm

I see what you mean. I am not used to the idea of teachers being smart!

Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:35 pm

back to the subject

i dont no about u but i no that if i was blind and at birth i would of been able to have something done to me so i could of been able to see i would of done it but that is my opinion

Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:40 pm

Of course cure if there's a way to. Cure but not kill.

Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:31 pm

chocolatefudgecake wrote:
parnassus wrote:I agree with 'designer babies' for CERTAIN medical reasons. If your child is going to be born with a killer condition that means it will only survive one month, by all means cure the child before it enters the world. It's no different to curing the child after birth. But if your child is going to be born with dyslexia, or even blindness - no way. You can't die from dyslexia. You can't die from blindness.


If the child won't live long without being cured, o.k, It's alright. I agree with Vicky.


If you can live a long time and have an enjoyable life, then it is not okay. But, if you need to have, let's say a new heart, to live and you are a younger person who has not lived their life, then I think you should be able to get some kind of cure. I don't think designer babies are the only answer to our problems though. I also think we will probably not be able to cure everything. Just look at how we tried to vaccinate the flu. There are worse strains out now than there were before now. I think that humans will realize that we can't control everything. Some things just happen and we can't do anything about it. :( Sorry to say that, but it's the way it is. If I had my way, I'd cure all the disease in the world, but I don't know if that can happen. I agree with the above comments by Vicky and chocolatefudgecake. 8)

Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:46 pm

I also think we will probably not be able to cure everything. Just look at how we tried to vaccinate the flu. There are worse strains out now than there were before now.


I go with the gist of what you say, Shanna, but I think you use a weak example. The flu vaccine is extremely effective. It may not cure influenza or the common cold, but it is one of the best preventative measures we have, and for this reason it is compulsory at most boarding schools and strongly recommended at universities across the UK.
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