Human traits opens the possibility of transferring

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human traits opens the possibility of transferring these techniques to human beings Developing technology makes it possible to alter anything from gender to disease, and eventually appearance, personality, and IQ Some believe that parents will inevitably want to choose their children’s genes, thus creating designer babies
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Advantages Allows couples who can’t conceive normally to have children Allows couples to balance gender in their families Genetic screening reduces the baby’s chances of being born with a serious genetic disease Increases the likelihood of a healthy baby Reduces chances of miscarriage Reduces chances of termination due to disorder Can be used to save lives
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Disadvantages Moral and ethical concerns: Too much like playing God Killing embryos that could have grown into humans Social concerns: High cost leads to gap in society Could lead to eugenics: individuals are “bred” or designed to suit social preferences Genetically enhanced people may start to feel superior to those who haven’t been enhanced Such groups of people may become prejudiced against one another due to a feeling of lost common humanity with non-enhanced people
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Disadvantages Safety concerns: Can lead to ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) Unskilled lab technology could damage embryo during biopsy The removal of cells from eight-cell embryos has implications for the well-being of people created by PGD
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For or Against Designer Babies? What is HFEA? Stands for Human Fertilization & Embryology Authority Dedicated to licensing and monitoring UK fertility clinics and all UK research involving human embryos, and providing impartial and authoritative information to the public Genetic engineering not allowed under British law
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