T°ES1 forum The Idea of Progress: Designer Babies 08/04

Créé par DIANE JEFFREY le mercredi 8 avril 2020 - Mis à jour le mercredi 8 avril 2020 10:49

Watch one or both of the videos and leave a comment. You can discuss a point that surprised you, or simply say what you understood or express your opinion, or say if you agree / disagree with your classmates.




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  • Créé par Lény PROST le mercredi 8 avril 2020 - Mis à jour le jeudi 9 avril 2020 09:22 En ligne

    I don't agree with the idea of choosing our child. Indeed, i think that's creation belongs to nature. Even if this discovery can help to stop disease, I think it's too strong power in people hands and that humans are not able to control this power. I'm afraid this will be used to choose physical caracteristics of babies like hair color, eyes color,etc...

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  • On the second video from Seeker Channel, we understand that babies could be used for different reasons. First, I agree with the fact to use genetic engineering to remove negative genes and cure diseases. However, I disagree with the fact to use this to change the appearance or the intelligence of babies because we can't decide of their personality, they have to create themselves.

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  • Some scientifics calls the science of designer babies dangerous and ethically unacceptable because we don’t be sure that could be happened after birth of babies and what these changes can result in a few years.

      To create a designer baby it is necessary to remove from the DNA the defective or undesirable gene and replace the faulty gene with a synthetic sequence

      The most recent technique used is called crispr wich makes easier to target a lot more specific genes. In China, researchers created live monkeys with this technique 

        They say that could have huge benefits for humanity and be used as a treatment for hiv and mitochondria disease and that it is the future because we can choose traits of our child

    but we need more researches and debate to do this science and I’m agree with that because we don’t know the limits.

    There is an application where we can know which trait of the parents the child will have and where we can choose what our baby will look like.

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  • I don't think artificially creating babies is a good idea, they have to be natural and the parents have to accept them the way they are. As the reporter says, it can create inequalities in society so I don't find it helpful.

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  • I am desagree with this practice in the United States. Indeed, a designer babies is using for criteria of beauty as colour of eyes... I think that it's not necessary if it's not for treat diseases.

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  • I understood in the United states you can choose a designer babies but it as been prohibited in Canada and the United Kingdom. Choosing genetically our babies should not only be about choosing the colour of its hair and eyes but also to avoid inherited illnesses.

    The patent should not be held by one company has it could take advantage commercially of the scientific data but it should be shared and nt manipulated.

    My opinion is this science is very interesting and promising to treat certains diseases and genetic illnesses but not to choose esthetic and looks of the future baby.

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  • In my opinion, this videos are very good. In the first video, we can see two people with there personaly idea. In the second video, the man expose neutral arguments. With this videos, we can make one self opinion.

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  • I understood that some scientists think that designer babies are dangerous and ethically unacceptable that is why in certain countries like Canada and England it is prohibited. To be able to modify a baby genetically it is necessary to locate the gene which one wants to change. for example if we want our baby to have blue eyes, we break the gene that causes brown eyes and we replace it with the one that will make him have blue eyes.

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  • For me can be a good idea for realise the dream of many family who doesn't has a children for exemple. But this project don't must use for creat clones for do soldier or other bad idea.

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  • - Should we make designer babies ? :

    I’m agree with the idea that genetic engineering and most particulary CRISPR technique could have huge benefits for humanity. Indeed genetic engineering helps to combat a lot of diseases likes Sida, with a treatment for HIV cutting. Moreover this technique could potentially eliminate mithocondrial.

    In addition, I prefer the opinion of Julia than Julian. Indeed, Genetic engineering can be beneficial for humanity but it can also be dangerous. We don’t know very well the real effect of genetic engineering, it’s not the same laws in differents countries. Moroever, it must be used wisely because genetic engineering can become dangerous if it is used to change appearance and personality. It would change the nature of man.

    In conclusion, I think that we have to wait a few more years to be sure of genetic engineering

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