Is creating designer babies responsible behaviour?

Why have a natural lottery when we can have the perfect child? Controversial comments by Oxford Academic

A professor in practical ethics for Oxford University has suggested that creating designer babies through gene selection is ‘practical parenting.’

Julian Savulescu, whose comments feature in the latest edition of Reader’s Digest, reveals his beliefs on how parents should have the choice to create a child based on personality traits and characteristics, potentially making them less harmful to themselves and others.

Although screening embryos in this way currently is illegal, he believes that ‘rational design is something we should welcome.’

He said: ‘If we have the power to intervene in the nature of our offspring – rather than consigning them to the natural lottery – then we should.’

He further explained: ‘Surely trying to ensure that your children have the best, or a good enough, opportunity for a great life is responsible parenting?’

Do you agree the Julian Savulescu’s comments? Are designer babies a possibility for the future or is the whole idea morally wrong? Is attempting to control genes going a step too far?


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