Designer Baby By: Lisa, Peyton, and Taylor

What is a designer baby? A baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering combined with in vitro infertilization to insure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics

How are designer babies created? They Are created by adding genes to sperm, egg or early embryo to create a tailor made child.

What traits that can be determined? Gender, appearance, intelligence, disease, and personality

What are the positives/negatives of a designer baby? Pros: reduced risks of genetic diseases, better chance the child will succeed in life, prevent next generation of genetic diseases, increased life span Cons: termination of embryos, possibility of damage to the gene pool, other children and family affected by decision, only the rich can afford

What is a ‘savior sibling? sibling that is created to support the other sibling

Why do parents seek genetic counseling? To seek advice and have all their questions and concerns answered.

Identify forms of reproductive technology. In vitro fertilization, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection

What is preimplantation genetic diagnosis? PGD is a screening test used to determine if genetic or chromosomal disorders are present

What motivates parents to seek specific traits for their baby? Parents who would want their child to succeed or parents who wouldn't want their child to inherit a specific disease that may run in the family

Would you chose your baby's traits?

  • Pros:
  • Preventing your baby from having these nerves destroyed.
  • less worry of death at a young age
  • not watching your child suffer
  • the child cannot pass the disease onto their own children in the future (cut the gene out)
  • reduces cost of "treatment"
  • Cons:
  • only rich can afford
  • damage to the gene pool
  • possibility of messing up other genes.
  • worries of the mother being in danger

Questions:

For Parents

  • What changes are you considering making?
  • Are there any other genetic changes you've considered making?
  • Have you looked into any other possibles?
  • Have you consulted your doctor on the risk of this procedure?
  • Would you want to use your own egg or a donated egg?

For Counselor

  • What is the cost? IVF cost anywhere between $10,000-$15,000
  • What are some long term risk? Damage to the gene pool or terminated embryos
  • Whats the chance of the procedure not working?40% in her late 20s, to 30% at about age 38, and to 10% by about age 43
  • Is this procedure a rare or common procedure? Rare due to the pricing
  • What are the most common changes made to a baby? Gender

Ethics:

We believe that the idea of changing physical features just for you're wants is morally wrong, but we also believe that if it is a life threatening change needed that it should be a considered option. If you are going to do it. Do it for a good reason.

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