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Has genetic engineering/modification, to make new borns genetically perfect begun in...

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username919191 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM via web

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Has genetic engineering/modification, to make new borns genetically perfect begun in our society? 

Just to be clear, i am not for this, this is only for school.
It's in relation to the movie Gattaca.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 23, 2011 at 5:34 AM (Answer #2)

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I hope this gets moved to the Science Discussion location, as I suspect your question will generate lots of debate. Personally, I am concerned by your use of the phrase "genetically perfect", as I don't think that will ever be possible. So, in the very narrow sense, the short answer to your question, in my opinion, is "No."

However, I think that genetic testing has begun having an influence on births in some parts of our society. Some individuals are choosing to not become parents because genetic testing has shown that there is risk of the child having physical or medical abnormalities that the individuals cannot accept. Some embryos receive treatments for conditions identified through amniotic testing that may correct potential defects prior to birth. Some embryos are not allowed to mature to delivery due to genetic problems.

It's a huge and complicated question. I hope to see other reactions.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM (Answer #3)

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I do think that there are people trying to genetically engineer their babies.  I try not to judge, but it makes me sick that people are actually choosing embryos to implant based on the eye color, hair color, perceived intelligence and so on.  It’s nothing new though.  Why do you think they collect background information from sperm donors?

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