Tired of unsightly children, an obese society, or genetic health issues like diabetes and breast cancer?
According to NPR, â€œAdvances in human genetic engineering may one day make it possible to design a newborn â€” from what he or she (your choice) will look like, to how athletic the child will be.â€
Currently in laboratories across the U.S., genetic doctors are working on creating babies who can look as we want them to, and also removing infirmities and genetic disorders. This combination of reproductive and genetic medicine has been dubbed "reprogeneticsâ€ by some scientists.
Though largely unregulated, Britainâ€™s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority currently must affirm all requests. Still, the future implications of making a â€œperfect babyâ€ has raised some concerns. The HFEAâ€™s current concern is the discarding of embryos that might carry cancer mutations. Does the search for the â€œperfect babyâ€ warrant selecting and discarding embryos?
Sound frighteningly like Nazi Germanyâ€™s education that led to concentration camps and the Holocaust?