ERIC Number: EJ774191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: 8
Designer Babies: Eugenics Repackaged or Consumer Options?
Baird, Stephen L.
Technology Teacher, v66 n7 p12-16 Apr 2007
"Designer babies" is a term used by journalists and commentators--not by scientists--to describe several different reproductive technologies. These technologies have one thing in common: they give parents more control over what their offspring will be like. Designer babies are made possible by progress in three fields: (1) Advanced Reproductive Technologies; (2) Cell and Chromosome Manipulation; and (3) Genetics and Genomics. Since the term "designer babies" is so imprecise, it is difficult to untangle its various meanings so as to make judgments about which techniques are acceptable. Several different techniques have been discussed, such as screening embryos for high-risk diseases, selecting the sex of a baby, picking an embryo for specific traits, genetic manipulation for therapeutic reasons, and genetic manipulation for cosmetic reasons. Although, to date, none of these techniques are feasible, recent scientific breakthroughs and continued work by the scientific community will eventually make each a possibility in the selection process for the best possible embryo for implantation. Arguments for and against designer babies are presented. (Contains 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Design, Genetics, Ethics, Technological Advancement, Birth, Social Change, Embryology, Diseases, Tests, Technology Education, Secondary Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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