Designer Babies

A picture of a cute baby with the text Cute Babies Our New Masters. You might be thinking that if I am frightened by an adorable little baby, what am I not afraid of? But with designer babies, human cloning and artificial wombs popping out in the not too distant future, my concerns may be valid. There’s a baby fat chance that my future child, bootstrapped with my brain and her mother’s looks, could compete with a super-smart, super-model kid.
I believe we are headed for trouble with reproductive technologies, because like most parents, there is little I would not do to help my children achieve their maximum potential.
And if these babies are as smart as they predict, they will still have us changing their diapers.

What Are Designer Babies?

The colloquial term "designer baby" refers to a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering combined with in vitro fertilization to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics. - wikipedia

In simpler terms, using biotechnology to choose what type of baby you want. Latest research is making designer babies a reality now, using technology developed originally for use in animals.



What traits could be changed in a designer baby?







Trait selection

Embryo screening involves a process called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Embryos are created by in-vitro fertilization and grown to the eight-cell stage, at which point one or two cells are removed. Scientists then examine the DNA of these cells for defects, and only normal embryos are replaced in the womb.

Three-parent baby

Three-parent babies are human offspring with three genetic parents, created through a specialized form of In vitro fertilisation in which the future baby's mitochondrial DNA comes from a third party. The procedure is intended to prevent mitochondrial diseases including muscular dystrophy and some heart and liver conditions. It is the subject of considerable controversy in the field of bioethics. - wikipedia

Pros and Cons of Designer Babies


Reduces risk of genetic diseases

Reduces risk of inherited medical conditions

Keep pace with others doing it

Better chance the child will succeed in life

Better understanding of genetics

Increased life span

Can give a child genes that the parents do not carry

Prevent next generation of family from getting characteristics/diseases


Termination of embryos

Could create a gap in society

Possibility of damage to the gene pool

Baby has no choice in the matter

Genes often have more than one use

Geneticists are not perfect

Loss of Individuality

Other children in family could be affected by parent's decision

Only the rich can afford it





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