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Not worth it to risk the potential health consequences to the child and future offspring when efficacy rates have not been well-established, and when alternatives such as PGD are available . R5: The use of genetic modification in human reproduction for therapeutic purposes can lead us on the slippery slope towards designer babies and perpetuate inequality. - Techniques could open the door to creating babies who are genetically modified for other non-therapeutic reasons. Even traits that are non- pathological, like height, skin or hair color, and facial features are things that we would like to change. o E.g. modifying genes to give the child more strength, allow him/her to require less sleep, be more intelligent
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- Germline experiments could open the floodgates to a world of “designer babies” engineered with genetic enhancements—a prospect bitterly opposed by religious organisations, civil society groups, and biotech companies. - It is difficult to regulate/restrict access to embryo editing for serious diseases . If it becomes established and safe, should this technique be part of a basic package of health care services when used to help create a child who does not suffer from a serious or specific genetic problem? - Moreover, there are important questions about cost and access . Right now most assisted reproductive technologies are available only to higher-income individuals. o An in vitro fertility procedure costs about $20,000 in the United States. Add genetic testing and egg donation or a surrogate mother, and the price soars toward $100,000. o It is reasonable to assume that the genetic modification of embryos would be more, if not equally costly. There would be fairness concerns if only people with sufficient wealth can afford to genetically modify their embryos. - Inequality would be perpetuated , as babies conceived the natural way are believed to be inferior to those who are genetically manipulated in a lab for intellect and athletic ability. R6: Identity and genetic legacy issues (not a strong point on its own) Children look to their origins to ground their identity. What happens in three-parent IVF is the “ fracture of biological parenthood since the child carries DNA not just from his parents but also a female donor who supplied her entire egg cell (except its nuclear DNA). In three-parent IVF, something basic and constitutive of the child's very being is altered from the start. The absence of the egg donor in the child's life and the very strangeness of carrying DNA from three rather two persons may have long-lasting effects on the child's psyche . The child is likely to grow up experiencing ‘genealogical bewilderment’, the term given for the feelings experienced by donor-conceived persons. Further readings: - revealed-1.21761 - new-3-parent-technique/ - ukrainian-clinic-making-3-parent-babies-for-women-who-are-infertile
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