Is it possible for us to choose our children’s genes? Change their hair colour? Skin colour? Couples can now walk in a lab in order to choose how tall they want their kids to be or whether they want them to have straight or curly hair. Genetic modification is currently allowing people to choose the genetic make up of their children depending on what they prefer.
“The first genetically modified human was born on the 28th of May 2013″. Both parents walked in a lab and were given 13 embryos to choose from. It looks like humans can do something that was once known as impossible. The 1997 science fiction film ‘Gattaca’ has predicted the day we will genetically modify our children and we will live in a world where only people that are genetically modified accepted as humans and that is the reality. Genetic modification will lead to a time where people must have a certain characteristics in order to be accepted in the society.
People are trying to create these ‘perfect’ humans that are disease free and healthy without doing the required research in order to know the consequences and what it can lead to. Some people might argue that almost all humans will be the same which will bring equality and take away problems such as bullying and will boost self-confidence, however they forget that what is making us improve the human lifestyle and making it easier is that every human is unique and most importantly competition. Competition has made lifestyle much easier because everyone wants to be unique and achieve something in their lifespan that will change the world. Everything is developing because of that and people must come to realization before it’s too late and no one can determine what perfect genes are.
The process of transferring mitochondria to have a better and healthier children is an option for some women that have damaged mitochondria. According to the National center for biotechnology information this process has health risks on children. ‘’Inherited diseases caused by mitochondrial gene (mtDNA) mutations affect at least 1 in 5,000–10,000 children and are associated with severe clinical symptoms’’. No one would like to take the risk and have a child that can possibly have a higher rate of having diseases and not being healthy.
There are many alternatives to this. Couples that are not able to reproduce can go and adopt an orphan child which will be better than experimenting. Doing a good deed by adopting an orphan child will make his/her wishes come true. And for genetically modifying the kids, I would personally rather see a child that has characteristics from his/her parents rather than a child that looks completely different just to satisfy the parents.
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