Interesting news out of England today . . . British scientists have found a way to identify cancer genes in human embryos. The research, as I understand it, would allow doctors to reveal to parents, that their new child to be, could run an 80% risk of getting Colon cancer or a 65% chance of getting Prostate cancer.
As interviewed, the researcher stated in the article that, "It's not like were letting them know that their baby won't have blonde hair and blue eyes, but letting them (parents) know that if they carry the pregnancy to fruition, their child runs certain risks that they may not want to have them experience."
And so it begins (or has begun but we really all don't pay much attention to it).
Designer babies. Genetic Engineering. It will be here sooner than you think. And don't think twice if you think these practices will be banned by legislation. Here in America, Abortion is still the law of the land up to the 3rd Trimester. With medical testing, parents will be able to determine if their baby will carry a high risk of disease or not grow very tall AND if the parents don't like it? Well, its only an embryo. Let's try again.!!!
If parents knew that their child to be is likely to contract ALS, why put him or her through that? Why let them live their lives for 30 to 40 years before they suffer and die at such an early age?
"We know best" I could hear parents say. "Its our choice" I could hear parents say.
Part of being a human being is just that, accepting our physical limitations that were given to us at birth. I hope I don't get cancer or suffer from heart disease, but let's be realistic, I am going to die at some time and there will some physical limitation that will do me in. I accept that. And more importantly, I'm glad I had parents who didn't think of children as "objects of perfection" but an expression of love.
But that's where vanity sets in. Parents will want certain physical and mental characteristics in their children. Why would they want a sick little boy or girl and the grief that goes with that when they can have a blonde hair, blue-eyed boy who will be 6'2 and have genius capacity? And if they can't have it? Its always an easier choice to try again.
When this time comes, there will be great debates and arguments about this subject. But countries or some American state will allow these practices and we will watch as they occur much to our indignation.
And so the Master Race begins . . .