Problem of Designer Baby

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Whenever human beings try to interfere with the law of nature, it is likely to have some benefits, but not without some greater flaws. Yet, to ensure the survival of the human race, we have tried everything, from animal testing, to human cloning, to designer babies. As is the case with every such endeavor, there are various pros and cons of designer babies too. Designer babies were created for a very simple reason: to eliminate any genes in an embryo that would cause serious health concerns, and to replace those defective genes with healthy ones. Embryos are screened to check for the presence of any genetic disorders in them by means of a technology known as Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). This is possible only when parents wish to give birth to a baby by means of In Vitro Fertilization or IVF, or a test tube baby where it is possible to locate such disorders. As such, once these genes are detected, they are eliminated from the embryo to ensure the birth of a healthy baby. Over time, this technology will be used not only to determine the gender, but also the height, appearance, eye color, hair color, IQ and every other aspect that can be decided before the birth of the baby. This is what is meant by interfering with the law of nature and this is problem of designer baby. Furthermore, most cases require the mother to have several ovarian stimulation cycles to obtain a sufficient number of eggs. This may entail medical risk for her, especially as ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome can develop, a serious condition which in some cases, although rare, may even lead to death. When everything is predetermined there is no room for uniqueness. While some believe this procedure to be a boon, others consider it to be a bane on humanity in the long run.

Because human beings are far more than the product of genes, DNA is one of many factors in human development; the feats of genetic manipulation eventually accomplished...
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