Year 2045, Dawn of the Designer Babies
After watching the PBS Special, “Breaking the Code,” I was extremely intrigued by the idea of a disease free world and how it could be achieved, the dilemmas it would create, and the world it would create. Here is a story of the future….
The most controversial aspect of living in year 2045 is being a kid like me…. a child who’s parents chose to have them the natural way.
The majority of my classmates were all formed in test tubes. Doctors asking their mothers and fathers, “Do you want your child to have green eyes? Blue eyes? Curly or straight hair?” Alongside the genetic engineering of traits, doctors also eliminated all disease. On the other hand, there is me. I’m a child of the natural way. Not in a test tube, but the product of what my peers find a primitive mode of reproduction, and my body tells the story. At age 13 I was the only kid suffering from acne. I’m the only kid with seasonal allergies and asthma. I’m an outcast. A weakling.
It all started when groups like Celera began to discover the wonders of the human genome, the genetic blueprint for human life in the early 1980s. They wanted to help improve the quality of life by preventing gene expression in certain diseases. They began by developing tests and services that identified a person’s inherent risk for a disease and aiding in selection, alongside treatment, as options for monitoring disease. Scientists like, Venter discovered breakthrough technology that isolated genes from “junk” DNA via high-speed computing and the use of short fragments of DNA called expressed sequence tags.
Eventually, scientisits and medicine began to be so far advanced that it no longer attempted to prevent expression but it began to genetically engineer all aspects, before the baby was even born.
Moral concerns arose asking if scientists were taking it too far. Is it ok to alter the genes of a person or is that playing God? Or is it cruel to have a form of treatment yet deny it from indivuals? Soon, the later statement won and medical professionals and scientists began to cure disease drastically by altering genes and preventing expression.
Not only has the dawn of the designer babies affected medicine, but it has also reached the courts. Converatists arguing with Liberals against pro-selection. However, selection and genetic engineering has become so common in today’s society that kids like me, that are genetically weaker and are destined to live shorter lives, are outcasts.
The question arises is it morally correct to alter the genes of a baby? Or, if you have the technology, is it morally correct to create a weak, susceptible child?
~ by ricela1 on January 12, 2014.