Thursday, July 7, 2011

Designer Children


There are 3 letters that may shape the way life is created on Earth IVF, or in vitro fertilization. What it means essentially is taking a sperm and an egg and combining them in a Pitri dish outside of a human being (obviously). This can easily be done for some individuals that cannot seem to conceive a child the all natural way for certain reasons. However this also allows for many opportunities that have not really been tapped into yet.

Many people are unfortunately born with predetermined genetic disorders because when their parent's DNA combined it resulted in a certain combination that is less than favorable (Parkinson's). Some believe that nearly all disorders that arise in a select few people have genetic aspects (schizophrenia). Whether or not this is true their are genes for nearly all of these diseases and disorders that could be manipulated during embryonic development that would result in the organism to mature without them (with the exception of schizophrenia which has both genetic and environmental aspects). These types of changes would allow anyone to reproduce without the worries of passing on unfavorable genes to their children.


This would also allow for any other changes to be made to an idividual (Hitler would be proud), such as changes to hair and eye color. Not that these cosmetic changes should take place but they most likely would. Certain genes that control physical characteristics are better understood than those that cause disease and for the amount of money one would have to pay to ensure that their child was free from disease an engineer better throw in a free cosmetic change (joke). Can people resist to only changing things about a person that is determinatal to their health? Or would a family with terribly bad baldness decide that they wanted their only child to have a full head of hair? The matter lies up to the governments of the future to decide what kind of gene manipulation is too much.


If you knew your child's future, would you change it? http://youtu.be/6Kwe2fzHXcI

14 comments:

  1. i can design the best myself, so i dont need this.
    but cool blog thanks alot.
    +1

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  2. Children of design, fascinating :)

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  3. Nice post, I like your blog.
    Keep up the good work!
    +Follow

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  4. thats kind of creepy but awesome

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  5. I would totally change my kid's future! Followed.

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  6. Really interesting post. Science is awesome.

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  7. this is crazy...cool and disturbing all at the same time

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  8. Awesome but rich ppl are going to have superior kids... So the rich are goint to rule (once again) over poor ppl....

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  9. You should watch a movie called Gattaca, I think it would be relevant to your interests!

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  10. sounds like we could manufacture perfect people

    or is anything actually perfect?

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  11. Personally, I'm all for this kind of thing. Have you seen Transcendent Man? Optimistic science is kind of a big thing to me. Cory Doctorow is also worth checking out. He writes really optimistic technological science fiction.

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