Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Our last class period, our group walked towards the BAS. We started our discussion with immortality (I know, I know! We are beating a dead horse. I won't go into the details of the discussion because you have heard it over and over). We then went into the issue of the day, genetically engineered babies (or designer babies for short). We discussed what we felt designer babies and how we felt about them. We mostly all had similar views on the subject. We mostly believed that genetically engineering babies was not something that should be done lightly. We felt that there were some instances in which designer babies would be acceptable such as to increase disease resistance, remove genetic diseases, etc. We felt that "determining a child's fate" through genetic engineering was something that should be pondered more before it is implemented. We felt the morality of this idea was still unclear. Should we give these children traits to succeed on a path that they may resent? Would the child resent the parents for forcing them to be this way?