Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The perfect child? - Genetic engineering.


New statistics show that there has been a significant drop in the birth of children with downes syndrome in western world countries. The drop has been almost 50 percent in just a year.

This is because more and more people choose to undergo tests for downes syndrome, in the early stages of the pregnancy.
Doctors say that most people have doubts about abortion even if their child should turn out to be a downes child, but that almost everyone choose an abortion once they know that their unborn child have got downes syndrome.

As the popularity of these tests rise, the number of downes children fall, and if the trend continues, downes syndrome will soon be a thing of the past.

This does of course raise the question: How much should be left up to chance? and Have much should we interfere with pregnancy?

Is this the first solid steps toward genetic engineered super babies?

Is it far fetched to think that the next evolutionary step for mankind is to take evolution into our own hand? To perfect the human species and adapt it into the time of which we live in?

It is known that we have not developed much since the time of the cave-man, our body’s struggles in the new environment which we have today. We are still rather low intelligent, vulnerable to various diseases and the diet which are common today.

Although we already prevent children with downes syndrome from being born, we still leave hair color, height, mental and physical health up to nature. But for how long? Do we need to set boundaries? Or will boundaries simply be delaying what we can’t prevent. The perfect person created from genetic engineering.

4 Comments:

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what is wrong with perfect babies?(Adults)What are we afraid of, that they will be super human? I doubt it, at least not for a long time.
I tend not to believe in the evolution or creation theory at least not where the human race is concerned. We were created or (engineered) alright, but by whom or why and when?
One question. Why is it that the human race has not physically adopted to this environment as well as the rest of the inhabitants of earth?

 
At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont see the gig issue here. I realize that there might be some doubts, a twinge of uncertainty and fear that a super human race will come out of such a technological advance, but I fully believe that there could be a great amound of good coming from this as well. I ask you all, readers, dont be so closed minded, so no ignor that there can be evolution and advance if we can accept GE. We can even git rid of deseas and all these rare illnesses by geneticly engineering our children. besides, we dont have to go over the top here! Its not about completly changing children, its about doing whats best for the human race as a whole, trying to make it better for all of us, so that we no longer fear cancer, AIDS, and all those other really rare deseases! Think of your children, and their children. I do see the evils that could arize from such a modern marvle, but I also see the good. Please, dont be so stuborn.

 
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At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you say that there is nothing wrong with creating the "perfect" child? I can completely understand if someone can not have a child so they choose to have invetro. But giving a child only the traits you want them to have is wrong. A child deserves to be its own person, if you create that child he/she is what you want not what God had intended for the child to be.

 

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